[DEHAI] re: [dehai-news] California Case Dismisses Saleh Gadi's Case Against Sophia Tesfamariam

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From: mgebreab@earthlink.net
Date: Thu Apr 30 2009 - 18:31:29 EDT

Selam Sophia
It is indeed the victory of all Eritrean people that justice prevailed. no matter how many lies and betrayal they put against Eritrea and her defenders. the truth will come out and prevail sooner or later. they can not stop us from telling the truth and doing the right thing no matter from whom the trait and intimidation came from.so please stay strong and do what you do best, which is telling the truth and defending the good name of Eritrea and eritrean people.tell the world that Eritrea and the good Eritrean people are not a terrorist as the few hasusat (Quislings) try just to do that on behave of the Weyane.
I have also similar victory this week against the trio tors and their advocate lies. as most of you already know we(the mekete chairperson,me and others) was harassed and terrorized by some US law enforcement agents last year.I was arrested in the early morning of August 28th 2008 at home by FBI,Home land security special agent,state department special agent,county police and city police all together more than 15 police troopers and under carver. agents. I spent more than two days under the home land security custody and suffered some physical harm and damage. they accused me that I was the illegal Eritrean consulate and collecting money from people, sending to the Embassy, receiving illegal gods(DVD,CD) from the Embassy.they took every single paper whether it is in Tigrigna or English as log as it has the Embassy of Eritrea sile,they took my lap top,my PC and my passport. they also left open my house and lost everything like camera,video camera,sport watches,DVD player,cd player and many other things.any w
ays after so much investigation the home security special agent who was in charge of my case notified me that his agent did not find any wrong doing and they returned my computers,the papers(all was related to PFDJ not conciliate) and my passport. so they will not charge me by his agent,but the count DA( District attorney) filed charge against me that says I was receiving and selling gods(traditional CD&DVDs)from the Embassy with out business license. they took me to court and the judge find me not gilt. by the way the home land special agent testify on behave of me and told the judge that I am a good community leader and youth organizer(save them from bad habits)not a business man. the CDs and DVDs are traditional for their Eritrean community enjoyment and culture awareness only and he recommended to dismiss the case against me, and the judge did just that. Now I am trying to clear my name and yesterday I filed with the police to remove the record from their file and they told me it will take six to nine mo

th to clear the record other wise it will be a problem every where I go whether it is in the airport or other security Clarence issue. so because of the few traitors the good name of Eritrea and Eritreans are on the look up watch list. But just keep up fight for the good name of Eritrea and her people and at the end of the day truth and justice will always prevail.
Awet Nhafash
Zelalemawi Zkri nswatna

Mussie Gebreab


[dehai-news] California Case Dismisses Saleh Gadi's Case Against Sophia Tesfamariam

From: Sophia Tesfamariam (sophia_tesfamariam@hotmail.com
Date: Thu Apr 30 2009 - 12:16:03 EDT

I am here to let all my well wishers and readers that we have prevailed. We have scored a political and legal victory against Saleh Gadi a.k.a Saleh Johar. On 21 April 2008, the Superior Court of California in Sacramento dismissed his civil case against me. This victory is not mine alone and I want to thank everyone of you that traveled this journey with me. Your letters, emails and phone calls have meant a lot to me and my family. I want to thank everyone who supported me, and I especially want to thank my lawyer Karl Olson, a brilliant and honest lawyer, for a magnificent job he did in defending me out there in California. I want Karl to know that Gadi is not representative of the Eritrean people, who are well mannered and cultured. I am sorry that Karl and his team had to put up with Gadi’s tantrums and incivility.
As many of you know, after the publication of my article “Asmara Rose responds to the Awate Team”, Gadi and his cohorts decided to slap me with a libel suit. I received a couple of long winded letters during the summer of 2008 in which demands for an apology and a retraction were made. The first letter came in May 2008, and the second one came in August 2008. Both letters gave a two-week deadline for response. After discussions with my lawyer, I decided not to respond to either letter. I had nothing to apologize for and was prepared to fight him in court.
After almost a year since the article’s publication, on January 2009 I received a summons; Gadi had filed his case in a California Court, knowing full well that I lived in Virginia. He filed the suit against me and 1-50 DOES (as in Jane and John Doe), and Gadi falsely claimed the following:
“…At all times relevant hereto, Defendant DOES 1 to 50 were employed by Sophia Tesfamariam. Plaintiff is informed and believes that DOES 1 to 50 maybe Sacramento County residents…”
While my only connection with Sacramento is a date in Sacramento for some good red wine, the truth is, I do not have any employees, not here in Virginia, or anywhere else. He made up that lie so that he could file in California.
I was not going to inconvenience my family and jeopardize my job, to make it easy for him, so I filed a motion to strike on grounds that the California courts had no jurisdiction in this case, since I have never lived in the beautiful State, even if I had visited it several times, had no property there, no bank accounts etc. I chose not to fight him on his terms. I also filed another motion to strike under the California anti-SLAPP law. It was rendered moot when the judge agreed with me and granted my motion to dismiss on the first motion.
After all that boisterous campaigning on pal talk, Asmarino.com, Awate.com and others and after making personal appearances in Atlanta, GA and elsewhere to gather support for his case, and defame me, and after setting up the Awate Defense Fund and raising over $36,000, Saleh Gadi told the Court, “I am representing myself in this case simply because I cannot afford a lawyer”. I still do not know why he waited until the last minute to file, as there are statutes of limitations on such cases, and do not know why he chose to represent himself. I could speculate but will not do so at this time.
I am glad that I did not back down and allow Saleh Gadi to intimidate me into submission. His intention to muzzle me and prevent me from exposing the truth has failed. I can now move forward with greater conviction and morale and know that no amount of scare tactics and harassments can prevent me from defending the people of Eritrea. After remaining silent while the case was in progress, and after putting up with harassments, intimidations and taunts from Saleh Gadi and his supporters, I must say that I am relieved that I am able to share with my readers what really transpired over the last year.
I do not know what Gadi intends to do, but whatever it is, I am up to the challenge. The intention is to dissuade me from exposing the truth and that can never happen. We will also challenge Gadi and his cohorts in the courts, if need be, and should not be bullied into remaining silent. I promise to write a more detailed account of the case in the near future when I have had a chance to read through the many documents.
Again, I thank you all for your continued support.
Happy 18th Independence Anniversary to all.
Awet N'Hafash
Zelealemawi zkri n'semaetatna
Sophia Tesfamariam

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