Ethiopia’s High Court sentences 23 for ‘planning terror attacks’
Note: The Ethiopian Government is known for falls allegation. This case is not different.
(Journal du Cameroun) –The Federal High Court on Thursday sentenced 23 individuals for up to 15 years in prison, for allegedly planning to carry out terror attacks in Ethiopia after making contact with the Islamist groups, al-Qaeda and al-Shabaab. The individuals, including first, second, and third defendants Esmael Bekele, Sultan Ahmed and Ansu Abdu respectively, were found guilty of planning to establish an Islamic state, as well as for robbery and murder.
According to the charges, the defendants were active between 2010 and 20014 at Weliso, Welkite, Jimma, Dese, Kemise, Addis Ababa and in various parts of the country to establish an Islamic state.
After making contact with the terror groups al-Qaeda and al-Shabaab, the first defendant, in particular, recruited and sent individuals to Somalia to enable them acquire training there, the prosecution alleged.
The charge sheet further stated that the defendants also robbed passengers, as well as stole and killed a Chinese national named Hong Guwan at Jima town, Oromia regional state, on December 22, 2013.
The Federal High Court’s 4th criminal bench sentenced the 23 individuals to prison terms ranging from three to 15 years.