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The Ethiopian government are in no doubt over our concern for Mr Tsege and the priority we place upon his wellbeing. Our priorities are Mr Tsege's wellbeing, his access to legal representation, and to ensure that the death sentence is not carried out. In July 2015, as a result of extensive ministerial lobbying, Mr Tsege was moved from solitary detention by the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) to a Federal prison. Over the course of the past two and a half years Mr Tsege has received 13 consular visits. The most recent visit occurred on 15 December. Our Ambassador visited Mr Tsege to check on his welfare, discuss his legal access and pass on messages from his family.
The Foreign Secretary, my Rt Hon. Friend the Member for Uxbridge and South Ruislip (Boris Johnson) has personally raised this case on numerous occasions with the Ethiopian government, most recently on 17 February with the Foreign Minister, Dr Workneh. The Secretary of State for International Development, my Rt Hon. Friend the Member for Witham (Priti Patel), raised the case with the Ethiopian Prime Minister during her visit to Addis Ababa last month. Our Ambassador is heavily engaged and takes every opportunity to raise Mr Tsege's case at the highest levels with the Ethiopian government.