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World Ethiopia charges opposition figures with terrorism

19:25  19 september  2020
19:25  19 september  2020 Source:   bbc.com

Ethiopia files terrorism charges against opposition leaders

  Ethiopia files terrorism charges against opposition leaders Ethiopia announced Saturday it was charging leading opposition politicians Jawar Mohammed and Bekele Gerba with crimes including terrorism and incitement to violence, a move that risks further inflaming tensions in the restive Oromia region. Putting Jawar on trial risks fuelling violence in Addis Ababa and in Oromia, the country's most populous region which surrounds the capital. Last month security forces shot dead at least five people in a crackdown on demonstrations against Jawar's detention triggered by reports he was not receiving proper medical care.

Prominent opposition figures are among 24 people charged with terrorism in Ethiopia . The charges were laid in connection with a wave of ethnic unrest which followed the killing of popular Oromo singer Hachalu Hundessa, leaving more than 150 people dead in late June.

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has charged its most prominent opposition figure , Jawar Mohammed, and 23 others with terrorism -related offenses, telecom fraud and other crimes, the attorney general’s office announced Saturday. They could face life in prison if convicted. They will appear in court on Monday.

a man wearing a suit and tie smiling and looking at the camera: Jawar Mohammed, an Oromo activist, is among those charged © Reuters Jawar Mohammed, an Oromo activist, is among those charged

Prominent opposition figures are among 24 people charged with terrorism in Ethiopia.

The charges were laid in connection with a wave of ethnic unrest which followed the killing of popular Oromo singer Hachalu Hundessa, leaving more than 150 people dead in late June.

The country's attorney general said the group would appear in court on Monday.

Critics have accused Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of locking up those who oppose his government.

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Ethiopia ’s most prominent opposition figure , Jawar Mohammed, and 23 other people have been charged with terrorism -related offenses, telecom fraud and other criminal activities, the attorney general’s office announced Saturday, Sept.

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has charged its most prominent opposition figure , Jawar Mohammed, and 23 others with terrorism -related offenses, telecom fraud and other crimes, the attorney general’s office announced Saturday. They could face life in prison if convicted. They will appear in court on Monday.

Jawar Mohammed - a media mogul turned opposition politician with a huge following among young people in Oromo - was among those charged. He was arrested in July as security forces cracked down. His lawyer dismissed the charges announced on Saturday as baseless.

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A former ally of Mr Abiy, Mr Jawar has criticised the Nobel Prize winner for not having done enough to address the long-felt grievances of the Oromo people, the group which they both belong to.

In an opinion piece in this week's Economist, Mr Abiy said people opposed to his reforms were harvesting the seeds of inter-ethnic and inter-religious division and hatred.

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ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has charged its most prominent opposition figure , Jawar Mohammed, and 23 others with terrorism -related offenses, telecom fraud and other crimes, the attorney general’s office announced Saturday. They could face life in prison if convicted. They will appear in court on Monday.

Ethiopia has charged its most prominent opposition figure , Jawar Mohammed, and 23 others with terrorism -related offences, telecom fraud and other crimes, the attorney general's office announced Saturday. They could face life in prison if convicted. They are scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

A number of other critics, some of whom are not in the country, were also named as being among the group of suspects.

According to a statement posted by the attorney general on social media, they have also been charged under telecom fraud and firearms laws.

Rights groups have criticised the fact that it has taken weeks for any charges to be brought against them.

At least 166 people died in the days which followed the killing of Hachalu, 34, back in June.

The father-of-two was seen as a hero in Oromia. His songs focused on the rights of the country's Oromo people, Ethiopia's largest ethnic group, and became anthems in a wave of protests that led to the downfall of the previous prime minister in 2018.

The motive remains unclear. Hachalu had said he had received death threats.

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