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Ethiopian Court Convicts Politician Of Encouraging Terrorism (leadership.ng)

An Ethiopian court on Wednesday convicted an opposition politician of encouraging terrorist acts after he criticised the government’s response to protests in Facebook posts.

Rights group Amnesty International said the case of Yonatan Tesfaye, a former spokesperson for the opposition Semayawi Party who was arrested in 2015, was a miscarriage of justice.

Yonatan was charged with “encouragement of terrorism” in May 2016 in relation to comments made on the social media site in 2015 in which he said the government had used excessive force against protesters.   

The charges were brought under a 2009 law that prescribes jail terms of between 10 and 20 years for anyone convicted of publishing information that could induce readers to commit acts of terrorism. [...] MORE