Saturday, 19 July 2014

The Ethiopian Government on Friday arraigned three local journalists.

The Ethiopian Government on Friday arraigned three local journalists and charge them alleged terrorism and complicity under the country’s anti-terrorism law.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Addis Ababa reported.

The three, including a lady, had been detained for over three months after they first appeared in lower court in Addis Ababa for the same allegations.

The journalists were charged at a Federal High Court in Addis Ababa.

They were detained with six zone9 bloggers who were charged for similar allegations.

Edom Kassaye, Tesfalem Waldeyes, and Assmamaw Giorgis were charged for allegedly having connections with terrorist organisations; Ginbot 7 and Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), outlawed by the Ethiopian government.

Also, the six Zone 9 bloggers including Mahlet Fantahun, Befikadu Hailu, Atinafu Birhane, Natinael Feleke, Zelalem Kibiret, and Abel Wabela were charged together for the same allegation, And accused of receiving logistics and strategies from Ginbot 7 and OLF the outlawed organisations to destabilise the Ethiopian government ahead of next year’s general election in the country.

The panel of judges who presided over the court proceeding, however, adjourned the case to Aug. 4, for hearing after the accused were formerly charged.

According to the Ethiopian anti-terrorism law,if they were guilty, they will be sentenced to jail between 10 to 15 years.

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