Ethiopia Drops Terror Charge Against Swedes

 Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson
Martin Schibbye and photojournalist Johan Persson

An Ethiopian court has dropped terrorism charges against two Swedish journalists, but the two are still accused of supporting a terrorist organization.

During court proceedings in Addis Ababa on Thursday, Judge Shemsu Sirgaga said there was insufficient evidence to pursue the more serious terrorism charge.

The judge said investigative reporter Martin Schibbye and photojournalist Johan Persson still must answer charges they supported an outlawed rebel group and entered Ethiopia illegally.

The Swedes are accused of aiding the rebel Ogaden National Liberation Front , which Ethiopia has designated a terrorist group.

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