Ethiopia charges 24 with terrorism

2011-11-10 22:42

kalahari.com

Addis Ababa - Ethiopian authorities charged 24 people with terrorism offences on Thursday, including an opposition politician and a journalist, a government spokesperson said.

"They are accused under the anti-terrorism law of being members of a terrorist network and abetting, aiding and supporting a terrorist group," Shimeles Kemal told AFP.

Prominent opposition leader Andualem Arage and journalist Eskinder Nega were among those charged, the latest in a string of opposition supporters to be accused of plotting against the state.

They were arrested on September 14 on suspicion of being involved in "terrorist activities that would likely wreak havoc" added Shimeles.

The maximum sentence for supporting a terrorist group is 15 years, according to Ethiopia’s anti-terrorism legislation.

The suspects are accused of receiving support from neighbouring Eritrea to carry out attacks in Ethiopia, according to the charge sheet.

"They have received from the Eritrean government weapons and explosives for the purpose of carrying out terrorist activities in Ethiopia," Shimeles said, reading from the court-issued document.

Eritrea and Ethiopia are long time foes, with both accusing each other of supporting proxy rebel forces to destabilise each other.

Laughable

Eskinder and Andualem were arrested on September 14 on suspicion of being involved in "terrorist activities".

Opposition member Berhane Nega, a former mayor of Addis Ababa currently living in exile in the United States, was also charged with terrorism.

"He is being charged in absentia", Shimeles said.

But opposition member Negassa Gidada, a former president of Ethiopia, called the charges "laughable".

"What they’ve tried to do is make the people shut their mouths. Unacceptable. Unacceptable", he told AFP.

Ethiopia's media is among the most repressed in Africa, according to the US-based Committee to Protect Journalists, which calls the country’s anti-terrorism law "far-reaching".

The watchdog reports six journalists have been arrested since June.

- SAPA

Read more on:    ethiopia  |  east africa
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Wednesday Newlands - 09:17 AM
    Road name: M3 Northbound
    DELAYS approaching the Rhodes Avenue exit
  • Wednesday Cape Town - 09:08 AM
    Road name: N2 Inbound
    DELAYS between the N7 Highway and the M5 Highway Interchange
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Up to 60% off - clearance sale!

Save up to 60% on appliances, books, electronics, toys, movies and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Deal of the Week!

Get bestselling John Green novels now just R99 each! Hurry and get yours while stocks last. Shop here.

Mind blowing deals on beauty & fragrances

Save up to 30% off beauty and fragrances. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at kalahari.com. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Nokia N9

The Nokia N9 has a beautiful one-piece, unibody design where...

From R2899.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

It is always easier to look out and see what needs changing. Looking in is a lot harder... Today you may need to look at what...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.