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Ethiopia Releases Five, Charged Under The File Of De Birhan’s Co-Blogger Zelalem

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Four individuals, charged under the file of our co-blogger, Zelalem Workagegnehu, have been today released after being detained for over one year. The court stated that sufficient evidences were not presented against them. Abraha Desta, Habtamu Ayalew, Abraham Solomon, Daniel Shibeshi & Yeshiwas Assefa are to be released soon.

Abraha Desta, has been an online activist and the official of the opposition, Arena Party, Habtamu Ayalew and Daniel Shibeshi were the leaders of the the de funct UDJ party, and Abraham Solomon, charged for activities with our co-blogger Zelalem, is not a member of any party.

The Court decided that Zelalem Workagegnehu, Yonatan Woldie, Solomon Girma, Bahiru Degu & Tesfaye Teferi should defend their case and the Court adjourned their case to November 7-9, 2015. According to the publication of the opposition Blue Party, Negere Ethiopia, most of their charges have been changed and the detainees are now charged under Article 7/1 of Ethiopia’s Anti-Terror Proclamation, which relates to recruitment of members “punishable with rigorous imprisonment from 5 to 10 years.”

Five of the individuals acquitted today, were charged under most articles of the same Proclamation. The Court today decided little evidence has been presented by the Prosecutor.