Ethiopia jails 20 Muslims accused of pursuing Sharia state

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. All but one received 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 they also were found to be “participating in a movement to secure the release of another Muslim group.”

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

Mustafa Safi, the defendants’ lawyer, says they didn’t receive a fair trial and were not able to pray in detention. He says they will appeal.

1 COMMENT

  1. The outrageous murder in Bahrdar should command public anger to trim off any TPLF member and Tigrian sympathizers to TPLF in Bahirdar and beyond.

    Gunning down a discent father infront of his wife and his four children at their house is unbearable to human capacity.

    No! No! No!

    This killing machine rather the organ of the killing gang (TPLF) should be desmantled. Its (top and ordinary members) and its Tegrian sympathizers should be targeted by every other Ethiopian through the nation and beyond! That is the only language they can listen to.

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