Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Ethiopia Jails 20 Muslims Accused of Pursuing Sharia State - The New York Times

Ethiopia Jails 20 Muslims Accused of Pursuing Sharia State
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESSJAN. 3, 2017, 10:57 A.M. E.S.T.
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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — An Ethiopian court has sentenced 20 Muslims to prison after they were found guilty of trying to establish a state ruled by Sharia law and inciting violence.

They were charged under Ethiopia's controversial anti-terrorism law and convicted last month. All but one received prison terms of five and a half years. Two were journalists working for a Muslim radio station.

The state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate, citing the court ruling, said Tuesday that the 20 defendants also were found to be "participating in a movement to secure the release of another Muslim group that was under detention."

Muslims have long felt marginalized in Ethiopia and have carried out a number of protests since 2011. Some were met with force, and many protest leaders were jailed.

"The defendants didn't get a fair trial. In fact, we didn't expect the court to give a fair verdict," Mustafa Safi, the defendants' lawyer, told The Associated Press. "They were subjected to both a mistrial and a bad treatment at the infamous Kilinto detention center. They were even unable to pray there. But we will appeal the sentencing anyway."

The defendants had been trying to secure the release of a group of Muslims that had formed to counter government interference in their religious affairs but was detained on terror-related charges. Five members of that group were pardoned in September.

Ethiopia, a strong security ally of the West, is often accused of stifling dissent and jailing opposition groups and critical journalists. The country is currently under a state of emergency declared in October following widespread anti-government protests demanding greater political freedoms.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

3 lions save Ethiopian girl from kidnappers - Gist - Pulse

A lions yawns at Nairobi's National Park March 11, 20133 lions save Ethiopian girl from kidnappers
The kidnappers of the 12-year-old girl ran off and left her in the savannah when they spotted three lions.
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A lions yawns at Nairobi's National Park March 11, 2013 (REUTERS/Marko Djurica)
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In what can be considered as a mystery, three lions reportedly saved a 12-year-old Ethiopian girl from the hands of kidnappers.
According to reports, the girl whose name was not revealed, was taken by her abductors to the Savannah where she was abused.
Fortunately, three lions appeared which made the kidnappers run off leaving her at the mercy of the beasts.
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Instead of treating her as a meal, the lions instead stayed with her until a search party found her and took her away.
The strange occurrence was a mystery to the inhabitants of the area who are used to frequent attacks by the big cats.