Ethiopia News: Court gave Bekele Gerba, et al extra six months for second time

Ethiopia News: Court gave Bekele Gerba, et al extra six months for second time

A court in national capital sentenced outstanding opposition figure Bekele Gerba, Secretary General for the Oromo Federalist Congress and his colleagues for an additional six months for what it referred to as contempt of court throughout the proceedings on weekday.

According to witnesses United Nations agency attended today’s proceedings, the choose demand that defendants rise to listen to the decision. Bekele and et al refused and instead simply raise their hands. The court took that as contempt of court and handed  down a six month sentence. The court gave an analogous sentence last month once defendants American ginseng protest songs within the room.

The defendants United Nations agency got extra six months nowadays square measure Bekele Gerba,

Gurmesa Ayano, Dejene Taffa and Addisu Bulala. They were imprisoned in December 2015 on coercion charges however were later reduced to inciting violence associated with the anti-regime protest within the Oromo region.

The professional for the defendants argued that {they square measure|they're} solely needed to rise once original charges were browse however not once verdicts are given.

The additional sentences within the politically actuated trials came when the regime had free many political prisoners in response to pressure from the international community and relentless protests domestically.

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