Swedes deny backing Ethiopian rebels

Martin Schibbye
Martin Schibbye (2nd right) talks to his lawyer Abebe Balcha in the courtroom in Addis Ababa today (AFP, Jenny Vaughan)

By Jenny Vaughan (AFP)
ADDIS ABABA — Two Swedish journalists charged with terrorism in Ethiopia rejected witness claims Tuesday that they had supported a rebel group, as the prosecution opened its case against them.
Police inspector Mohamed Ahmed testified that the accused, photographer Johan Persson and reporter Martin Schibbye, had told him they came to Ethiopia to support the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) rebels.
“They told us that they came to organise and train the ONLF,” Mohamed told the court in the Ethiopian capital through a translator.
Asked if this was true, Schibbye shook his head and told reporters “no.”

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