Ethiopia conflict

Image shows former head of Rwanda's presidential guard being arrested, not a TPLF leader

Published on 18/12/2020 at 10:21

After Ethiopia’s government announced it had stripped immunity from prosecution for officials of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), an image of a man in handcuffs was widely shared on social media with claims that it showed a leader of the Tigray region’s dissident ruling party being arrested by the Ethiopian army. However, the claim is false. No TPLF leaders have been arrested so far, while the man in the image is Tom Byabagamba, the former head of Rwanda’s presidential guard.