Swedish journalists found guilty on terrorism charges in Ethiopa |
A court in Ethiopia has convicted two Swedish journalists of supporting terrorism after the pair illegally entered the country with an ethnic Somali rebel group.
The journalists, who face up to 15 years in prison at sentencing next week, have said they were gathering news at the time of their arrest.
Judge Shemsu Sirgaga said their explanation was “very unlikely,” accusing the Ogaden National Liberation Front of organising 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 Somali region in the country’s east. Ethiopia considers the rebel group to be a terrorist organisation
The chairman of the Swedish Union of Journalists, Jonas Nordling, said the conviction was clearly an attempt to deter reporters from investigating alleged human rights abuses in the Ogaden region. (via The Guardian)