Activists convicted in Ethiopia

Dec. 24, 2007 at 10:26 PM
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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Two anti-poverty activists were convicted Monday of inciting an uprising after the 2005 elections in Ethiopia.

Daniel Bekele, a manager for Action Aid Ethiopia, and Netsanet Demissie, a co-worker who is head of the Organization for Social Justice in Ethiopia, face up to 10 years in prison, Jimma Times reported. Sentencing is expected to take place Wednesday.

Post-election violence left about 200 protesters and police officers dead, the newspaper said.

Bekele and Demissie were arrested Nov. 1, 2005, along with hundreds of other Ethiopians who disagreed with the election results. While most of those detained were released after signing apologies, Bekele and Demissie remained in prison, Jimma Times said.

The two were acquitted of previous charges of "outrage against the constitution and the constitutional order."

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