Ethiopian court sentenced 89 individuals for up to 23 years in prison for killing civilians in Benishangul-Gumuz Region


Mereja Media

The Ethiopian Federal High Court has sentenced 89 individuals for up to 23 years in prison for participation in the killing of civilians in ethnically motivated attacks in Adabul, Dmalu, Konbodsh and Yong districts and localities in Benishangul-Gumuz Regional State.

The verdict was passed after the court had convicted the 89 out of 117 defendants for instigating violence and killing of 30 innocent people in stated areas, months after a reform took place in Ethiopia in April 2018, the federal attorney general has said in statement.

The attorney general said the defendants also had been found responsible for the displacement of more than 13,000 people and burning of 1,396 residential houses in the stated areas of the region.

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