Another recent confirmation (June 7, 2020) that Isaias Afworki worked for Asrate Kassa, who supplied his faction with arms. Listen from 08:50 – 16:00 minutes
Captain Tesfaye Resteye, was a former Ethiopian police officer who served as an investigator in the security services in Asmara, Assab, and Tio in 1973 during Haile Sellasie period. He also worked as the head of the foreign intelligence of the Ethiopian Security Services (ESS) upon return from a training course in Moscow, during the Derg period. The foreign intelligence then focussed on the Middle East and the follow up of the Eritrean liberation movement. His last position during the Derg was the Head of the Legal Department of the ESS.
During his service in Eritrea, he was sent to investigate the army atrocities after a clash with the fighters in Baraasole in Dankalia. He narrates that he tried to calm the citizens. Tesfaye clarified that his first interaction with Asrate Kassa. When he was on his way to Assab, Asrate Kassa, who was the Governor on an army communications radio called him directly and asked him, for a briefing, At the end of their conversation, Asrate Kassa asked him to write 1000 bullets were fired. Still, Tesfaye declined to document the bullet numbers. He further stated the reason they were asking was to give the shots to the enemy to compensate for their loss.
Captian Tesfaye added, “Asrate Kassa wanted to give those bullets to the faction of Isayas Afworki.” Tesfaye added that Asrate Kassa realized that there were two factions, a Muslim and a Christian one, and he recruited Isaias to weaken the ELF, which he regarded as Muslim movement. He adds that Asrate Kassa supplied arms to the Isaias faction and introduced Isaias Afworki to the Americans at Kangnew Station. He also stated during his investigation with fighters who were caught or defected, and the defected said they joined the liberation movement to get 1500 Birr and a pistol. Tesfaye added that Asrate Kassa used to give the defected fighters those benefits. He states that Asrate Kassa was working to depose Haile Sellasie and to replace him with the Crown Prince.
He also narrates how the Derg was formed. Captain Tesfaye also explains how the Derg members were selected, the killing of the 60 high ranking officers, and how Haile Sellasie was deposed and killed by giving him anesthesia and choking him to death.