Thailand Police Say Maid’s Claim Against UN Health Official Dr. Yonas Tegegn False

Ethiopian Dr. Yonas Tegegn of the World Health Organisation, seen here while receiving a five-million baht donation to WHO from Foreign Minister Tanasak Patimapragorn last September. (Photo: Chiang Rai Times)

11 Apr 2015

An Ethiopian housemaid who claimed her employer Dr Yonas Tegegn, the World Health Organisation’s representative to Thailand, treated her like a slave, made false allegations, police say.

Dr Tegegn and his wife reported to Pak Kret police in Nonthaburi yesterday, Pol Col Mana Tienmaungpak said.

The Ethiopian couple earlier faced claims they had treated their former housemaid, Annet, as a slave.

Dr Yonas Tegegn reports to Nonthaburi’s Pak Kret police station yesterday. APICHIT JINAKUL.  Please credit and share this article with others using this link:http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/525295/police-say-maid-s-slave-claims-false.. View our policies at http://goo.gl/9HgTd and http://goo.gl/ou6Ip. © Post Publishing PCL. All rights reserved.
Dr Yonas Tegegn reports to Nonthaburi’s Pak Kret police station yesterday. APICHIT JINAKUL.

Dr Tegegn however gave documents to police as proof that Annet was treated as a family member. The papers included receipts of dental and mobile phone service fees Dr Tegegn had paid for Annet, which showed she was free to go out and communicate with others, Pol Col Mana said.

Five witnesses, two foreign neighbours and three guards were questioned, said Pol Col Mana. All said the housemaid lived freely in the house.

Dr Tegegn said he decided to terminate Annet’s contract which ends on June 13 as he wanted a better maid. But Annet ran away, Pol Col Mana said.

He also told police that a lawyer who claimed to represent Annet asked for 500,000 baht in mid-March after she ran away. She then went to file a complaint with police after he refused to pay.

Dr Tegegn also told police they did not keep her passport but she must have forgotten it when she fled.

After questioning, the employers also left US$4,300 (about 139,000 baht), an air ticket to Ethiopia, and Annet’s passport with police to give to Annet.

No charges have been filed so far, but Annet may face charges related to her expired visa to Thailand and filing false claims to incriminate others, Pol Col Mana said. Annet could not be reached for comment yesterday.

The Bangkok Post

 

2 COMMENTS

  1. Yes it is the plot of the Ethiopian ‘Government’, TPLFs, through the Diaspora Policy in which to enforce Ethiopians in the diaspora who are not willing to cooperate with this RACIST and Dictator, TPLF led Government. FOR EXAMPLE THIS GIRL MUST HAVE BEEN APPROACHED BY THIS TPLF/EPRDF PEOPLE AFTER SHE IS HIRED BY THE MAN AND/OR AT THE BEGINNING SHE MUST HAVE ENTERED TO THE HOUSE WITH THIS MAIN OBJECTIVE. The main objective of this Diaspora police of The TPLF/EPRDF government is to Safe Guard the Tigres/TPLF members and affecting the Ethiopians WHO ARE NOT WILING TO COOPERATE WITH THE TPLF/EPRDF GOV OF ETHIPIA through any possible means FORMAL THROUGH LEGAL MEANS CREATING FALSE CASES OR INFORMAL, DIRECT PHYSICAL ATTACK AND/OR VERBAL ABUSES OF THE DIASPORAS THEY FOUND OR IN INDIRECT MECHANISM OF THIS TYPE THROUGH ITS HIRED PEOPLE SPECIALLY TIGRES. THS CASE IS CLEARLY SEEN IN SOUTH AFRICA, SOUDI ARABIA, THE SUDAN AND SOUTH SUDAN,KENYA AD UGANDA AND OTHER COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD. SO AT THIS PARTICULAR MOMENT I URGE THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO VIEW THIS ISSUE IN ANY OTHER POSSIBLE OCCASIONS THAT ETHIOPIANS COULD FACE ALL OVER THE WORLD. WE CAN SEE WHAT TYPE OF AT LEAST PSYCHOLOGICAL HARM THE TPLF/EPRDF OF ETHIOPIA HAS CREATED ON THIS GREAT ETHIOPIAN MAN WHO FINALLY DEFEATED THEM.

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