Ethiopia charges 24 with terrorism

Ethiopian police officers
Ethiopian police officers patrol in Addis Ababa in 2010 (AFP/File, Simon Maina)

ADDIS ABABA — Ethiopian authorities charged 24 people with terrorism offenses Thursday including an opposition politician and a journalist, a government spokesman said.

“They are accused under the anti-terrorism law of being members of a terrorist network and abetting, aiding and supporting a terrorist group,” Shimeles Kemal told AFP.

Prominent opposition leader Andualem Arage and journalist Eskinder Nega were among those charged, the latest in a string of opposition supporters to be accused of plotting against the state.

They were arrested on September 14 on suspicion of being involved in “terrorist activities that would likely wreak havoc” added Shimeles.

The maximum sentence for supporting a terrorist group is 15 years, according to Ethiopia?s anti-terrorism legislation.

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