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Swedish journos found guilty of terrorism

2011-12-21 12:14

Addis Ababa - A court in Ethiopia has found two Swedish journalists guilty of supporting terrorism.

A judge said on Wednesday it was "very unlikely" the Swedes entered Ethiopia illegally with armed rebels in order to gather news.

Judge Shemsu Sirgaga said the Ogaden National Liberation Front, a rebel group regarded by Ethiopia as a terrorist group, organised the Swedes' journey starting in London via Kenya and Somalia into Ethiopia.

Ethiopian troops captured Johan Persson and Martin Schibbye six months ago during a clash with rebels in Ethiopia's restive Somali region in the country's east, a no-go area for reporters.

Persson and Schibbye are charged under Ethiopia's anti-terrorism law and face up to 15 years' imprisonment. The court will sentence the two next week.

Comments
  • Aaron - 2011-12-21 12:24

    ridiculous

  • cosmos.ndebele - 2011-12-21 13:23

    Why did they go there?

  • NrGx - 2011-12-21 13:36

    "A judge said on Wednesday it was "very unlikely" the Swedes entered Ethiopia illegally with armed rebels in order to gather news." To me this says they entered LEGALLY or am I misinterpreting?

      Deon - 2011-12-21 14:03

      It might also meant that it is unlikely that they gathered news. Sounds like they did enter the country illegally - not too clever.

  • MoAfrika - 2011-12-21 15:20

    Execute the Intruders!!

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