Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Ethiopia charges 22 over terror plot instigated by opposition in the diaspora

(Nov 16, 2016, (African News))--The Federal High Court in Ethiopia on Monday charged 22 individuals for terror related offences. According to the state affiliated FANA Broadcasting Corporate, the charges were in respect of ‘‘causing damage by inciting violence in schools.’‘

‘‘The 22 individuals, including 1st defendant Dereje Alemu Desta, 2nd defendant Teshome Diribsa and 3rd defendant Behiru Lucho, were charged for damaging government and public properties as well as plotting to carry out terror acts,’‘ FBC said. The report further states that the accused persons were receiving instructions from leaders of the Oromo Liberation Front based in Kenya and Norway.

The OLF is an opposition group which has been labeled as a terrorist organization by the Ethiopian government. They have been accused of been behind protests that have hit two main regions – Oromia and Amhara, since last year.

The first defendant is said to have visited next door Kenya in 2013 where he was initiated into a terrorist organization. He reportedly became a member of a the organization and received political training there before returning last year. Read more from African News »

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