Leader of Tigray People’s Liberation Front is not in custody, this image was doctored

Published on 22/10/2021 at 10:14

An image of a man in handcuffs with two soldiers on either side of him has been shared on social media in Ethiopia with claims that the photo shows the arrest of Debretsion Gebremicheal, leader of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front. Debretsion has been at large since the start of Ethiopia’s conflict in the northern region of Tigray in November 2020. But the claim is false: the image was doctored and shared on a Facebook account posing as the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation. Furthermore, an army spokesman told AFP Fact Check that no arrest has occurred.