Ethiopia charges prominent opposition figure with terrorism

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The Attorney General announced today that he has officially opened charges against Jawar Mohammed, Bekele Gerba and Hamza Adane.

In addition, the Oromia Media Network (OMN) was charged in absentia; A total of 24 people, including Dejene Gutema, Berhane Meskel Abebe (Dr.) and Tsegaye Regassa, were included in the indictment.

Defendants therefore, in violation of Article 240 of the 1996 Penal Code, incited ethnic and religious strife and incited one party to another; Proclamation No. 1176/2012 on the Prevention and Control of Terrorism The Federal Attorney General announced that he has opened a case against Telecom Fraud Proclamation No. 761/2004 and the Arms Management and Control Proclamation No. 1177/2012.

On September 6, 2013, the Attorney General announced that the case filed by the Lideta Division of the Federal High Court in case number 260215 contained ten overlapping charges.

The defendants are expected to appear in court on September 11, 2013, according to the Attorney General.