Ethiopian court jails 18 Muslims

Ethiopian court jails 18 activists, including journalist over charges of ‘incitement’ and ‘terrorism’

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Addis Ababa court jailed on Monday four local Muslim group leaders, a journalist and 13 others over the charges of “incitement” and “terrorism.”

All of those sentenced are Muslims and have remained in police custody for the past three days.

Early last month a trial was held convicting all of them who were detained in late 2012 under the country’s anti-terrorism proclamation.

Members of Ethiopia’s Muslims’ Arbitration Committee Uztaz Abubeker Ahmed, Ahemedin Jebel, Yasin Nuru and Kemil Shemsu were sentenced to 22 years behind bars for “having played major roles in terrorism and incitement.”

Five of the defendants were sentenced to 18 years, five others 15 years and remaining four - including one journalist - seven years.

Formal sentencing has been set for Aug. 4.

The Muslim’s Arbitration Committee was originally set up to adjudicate the differences between the government and Ethiopia’s Muslim community.

TRTWorld and agencies