Thursday, May 25, 2017

Ethiopian opposition politician Yonatan Tesfaye jailed for 6 years for Facebook posts



Ethiopian opposition politician Yonatan Tesfaye has been sentenced to more than six years after being found guilty of encouraging terrorism for comments he made on Facebook, the Addis Standard reports.

It adds that the court accepted his arguments for a minimum sentence.

Earlier this month, Amnesty International described the guilty verdict as "a miscarriage of justice".

He was arrested in December 2015 as a wave of anti-government protests in the Oromia region was gathering momentum.

The authorities objected to several posts including one in which he said the government used "force against the people instead of peaceful discussion".


Ethiopia has been criticised for using anti-terror laws to silence dissent.

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