the Third Secretary at the Eritrean embassy in Khartoum,
missing. He was
last seen two nights ago at the residence of Mr. Andeberhan
Berhe (?Wedi Berhe?), the First Secretary and Chief of
Intelligence at the Eritrean embassy to Sudan. Sources believe that
he was kidnapped by the PFDJ, the ruling party in
few months ago, Menghis traveled to Asmara
and got married but returned alone when the government would
not grant his wife an exit visa. Undeterred, his wife
crossed the Sudanese border and joined her husband in
Sudan, where they
had been living as a family for the last two months.
after his wife joined him, the diplomatic passport of Menghis
Mekonnen was revoked.
by the wife on the whereabouts of her husband, Wedi Berhe
responded that Menghis had left his (Wedi Berhe?s) residence
in the Riyadh district of Khartoum,
in a taxi, at about 8:00 PM local time. The same day, Eritrean
officials from the embassy visited Menghis?s home to retrieve
his documents and other belongings but the request was refused
by his wife.
Mekonnen had been assigned to the Eritrean embassy in
Khartoum since 2000. A veteran EPLF fighter,
he had been a radio operator for the front.
of kidnapping, which the EPLF, now PFDJ, described as ?the
long arm of the front?, are not uncommon in
Some of the
better known cases include Woldemariam
Teklebrahan Ghebresadiq ?Wedi Bashay?, two executives
of the opposition party ELF-RC who were kidnapped from
Sudan on April 26,