Alleastafrica
Ethiopia LATEST NEWS

Ethiopia sends 16 to prison for trying to create new state

An Ethiopian court has sentenced 16 people to prison after finding them guilty of trying to create a separate state in the tense Oromia region.

All 16 are members of the outlawed Oromo Liberation Front. They received sentences of four to 13 years.

The Ethiopian Federal High Court said in its ruling Tuesday the members tried to carry out terrorist acts across the country and supported other group members in remote parts of Oromia.

The region has been a hotspot for anti-government protests that began in November 2015. The protests later spread across the country and demanded wider political freedoms and the release of political prisoners.

The protests led to the killings of hundreds of people and the declaration of a nationwide state of emergency that remains in effect.

©AP

Related posts

Ethiopia parliament lifts state of emergency: state media

Newsroom

1,300 Kenyans being held in foreign jails, CS Juma says

Newsroom

Bobi to supporters: I thank you for keeping the struggle alive

Newsroom

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More