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News: Federal high court reverses decision to summon gov. officials as defense witnesses, angering defendants; sentences seven on contempt of court

  Mahlet Fasil Addis Abeba, January 11/2018 – The Federal High Court 4th criminal bench has today dismissed its own decision to summon high level government officials as defense witnesses in the case involving senior opposition party officials from the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC). In its ruling on August 18th, the court issued a letter […]

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News: Autopsy of Ayele Beyene says he died of ‘natural cause’; contradicts co-defendants who say he died of ‘torture, neglect in prison’

  Etenesh Abera Addis Abeba, January 05/2018 – The autopsy of Ayele Beyene, 29, who died in the last week of July 2017 while he was imprisoned at Qilinto prison, a maximum prison facility on the southern outskirt of Addis Abeba, has declared the cause of his death as “natural.” Under the “Opinion as to […]

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Breaking: Ethiopia to close down notorious prison, to release all political prisoners

  Addis Abeba, January 03/2018 – At a joint press briefing given by the four chairpersons of EPRDF’s member parties, PM Hailemariam Desalegn, who is the chairperson of SEPDM, said his government will close down the notorious prison ward (and a torture chamber by all accounts) called Mae’kelawi. The Prime Minister said Mae’kelawi will be […]

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News: Two benches at federal high court jail nineteen Ethiopians accused of having links with PG7 to lengthy terms

  Etenesh Abera Addis Abeba, January 02/2018 –  The federal high court 19th and 4th criminal benches here in the capital Addis Abeba have today sentenced a total of nineteen Ethiopians who were accused of terrorism related offenses to jail terms ranging from three years and ten months to 16 years and six months. All […]

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News: Ethiopian netizen community hold daylong campaign to remember fellow prisoners of conscience

                                                       Sketches made to accompany the daylong online campaign Liyat Fekade Addis Abeba, December 28/2017 – Ethiopian netizen community have held a day-long social media campaign yesterday December 27 aimed at remembering fellow prisoners of conscience jailed in several prison facilities in Ethiopia. The campaign followed news that prominent opposition figure Bekele Gerba was […]

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News: OPDO secretariat asks federal court a new appointment date for its senior officials to appear as defense witnesses in high profile case

All the four officials have failed to appear in court   Etenesh Abera Addis Abeba, December 28/2017 – The Secretariat of the OPDO Central Committee has asked the federal high court 4th criminal bench  to get a new appointment date for its high level officials who were summoned to appear in court as defense witnesses […]

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News: Ethiopia supreme court reduces jail terms of Ethiopian Muslims including two journalists who were sentenced on terrorism charges

  Etenesh Abera Addis Abeba, December 11/2017 – The Ethiopian federal supreme court has today reduced the jail terms of 20 defendants who were accused and sentenced to various years in jail after having been charged of terrorism related offenses. On January 03, 2017, the federal High court 19the criminal bench has sentenced all but […]

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News: Ethiopia’s Supreme Court reduces jail sentence of Yonatan Tesfaye by three years

    Addis Abeba, November 27/2017 – Ethiopia’s federal Supreme Court has today overruled a decision by the Federal High court fourth criminal bench and reduced the jail term of Yonatan Tesfaye, social media activist and former public relations head of the opposition Blue Party, to three years and six months only. After having been […]

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News: Ethiopia federal court rules activist Nigist Yirga, five others should begin defending terrorism charges against them

  Etenesh Abera Addis Abeba, Nov. 14/2017 – The federal high court 4th criminal bench has today passed key ruling in the case against activist Nigist Yirga and five others charged in the same file with terrorism related offenses. According to the ruling, Nigist and the five others with her: Alemneh Wase G. Mariam, Tewdros […]

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News: Court reconsiders its ruling to summon senior gov.officials as defense witnesses in high profile case

Etenesh Abera Addis Abeba, Nov. 06/2017 – The Federal High court 4th criminal bench has today said that it was reconsidering the relevance of the list of witnesses in the high profile case under the file name of Gurmesa Ayano et.al,  a file name that also includes Bekele Gerba and other members of the opposition […]

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