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Ethiopia Sentences 20 For Trying To Establish Islamic State

Ethiopia Sentences 20 For Trying To Establish Islamic State
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High Court sentences 20 people in prison for trying to establish Islamic state

Addis Ababa, January 3, 2017 (FBC) – The Federal High Court 19th Criminal Bench has sentenced 20 people for up to five years and six months in prison for trying to establish Islamic state.

The Bench passed guilty verdicts on December 26, 2016 on the 20 people, including first, second and third defendants, Kedir Mohammed, Nezif Temam and Fuad Abdilkadir, respectively.

According to the charge sheets, the accused participated in criminal activities, agreed to conduct criminal strike as well as tried to establish Islamic state.

They also attempted to free jailed members of the 'Dimtsachin Yisema' (let our voices be heard) movement by creating pressure on the government.

Moreover, the defendants tried to incite violence by circulating leaflets inside mosques in Addis Ababa and various parts of the country, including in Jima and Wolkite towns.

Accordingly, all the defendants were sentenced to five years and six months in prison, except the 13th defendants.

The 13th defendant was sentenced to 4 years and five months in prison due to health related problem.

Translated and posted by Amare Asrat

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