ethiopiantimes

December 21, 2011

Ethiopian court: 2 Swedish reporters guilty

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A court in Ethiopia has found two Swedish journalists guilty of supporting terrorism.

A judge said Wednesday it was “very unlikely” the Swedes entered Ethiopia illegally with armed rebels in order to gather news.

Judge Shemsu Sirgaga said the Ogaden National Liberation Front, a rebel group regarded by Ethiopia as a terrorist organization, organized the Swedes’ journey starting in London via Kenya and Somalia into Ethiopia.

Ethiopian troops captured Johan Persson and Martin Schibbye six months ago during a clash with rebels in Ethiopia’s restive Somali region in the country’s east, a no-go area for reporters.

Persson and Schibbye are charged under Ethiopia’s anti-terrorism l

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