Thursday, January 26, 2012

Ethiopia Court Sentences Blogger, Journalists, Politician for Terrorism

An Ethiopian court on Thursday handed out heavy jail sentences to three journalists and an opposition politician on terrorism charges.

US-based journalist Elias Kifle, who runs the US based Ethiopian Review website, was sentenced in absentia to life in prison
Woubshet Taye, former deputy editor of the now-closed Awramba Times and Reeyot Alemu, a columnist for Fitih newspaper were sentenced each to 14 years by the court in the capital, Addis Ababa.
Opposition politician Zerahun Gebrezabier was sentenced to 17 years in prison, while Hirut Kifle, accused of having links to Elias, received 19 years.
All five were found guilty Jan. 19 of participating in a "terrorist organization and planning a terrorist act".
The five were charged under Ethiopia's anti-terror law, which rights groups have accused of being vague and far-reaching.

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