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Ethiopia sentences opposition figure for inciting unrest

May 25, 2017

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A court in Ethiopia has sentenced an opposition politician to six and a half years in prison for inciting unrest via social media.

Yonathan Tesfaye, former spokesman for the opposition Blue Party, posted statements on Facebook critical of the government and called on security forces to stop using excessive force during months of protests.

The state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate quotes the Federal High Court charge sheet as saying he “acted in a way that threatened the country’s political, economic and social fabric.”

Thursday’s sentencing comes a day after the court found prominent journalist Getachew Shiferaw guilty of “provocation of revolt.” His sentencing is expected Friday.

Amnesty International calls Getachew’s arrest a “slap in the face” for justice in Ethiopia, where a number of journalists and opposition figures are behind bars.

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