European Union a ‘TERRORIST GROUP’? Ethiopian leader arrested for meeting Brussels bosses
AN ETHIOPIAN opposition leader is being held on terror charges after holding talks with European Union bosses.
(Express) — Merera Gudina, who leads the Oromo People’s Congress, was detained after returning to Addis Ababa from Brussels where he criticised the government in Addis Ababa for imposing a state of emergency.
Mr Gudina has been at the forefront of protests against land grabs in the Oromiya region and what his supporters have described as a government clampdown on political freedoms.
His deputy Gebru Gebremariam said: “Merera arrived in Addis Ababa on Wednesday morning from a trip to Brussels, where he met members of the European Parliament.
“Police arrested him in his house the same day in the evening. We haven’t been given reasons behind his arrest.”
Ethiopian security officials said Mr Gudina had violated guidelines “by making contact with terrorist groups” during his visit to Brussels.
They said: “Given this violation, Merera Gudina is in custody and an investigation is currently taking place.”