Zone 9 blog­gers

Kuwait Times - - International -

AD­DIS ABABA: Prose­cu­tors in Ethiopia yes­ter­day dropped charges against two blog­gers crit­i­cal of the gov­ern­ment, and an­nounced they would aban­don the prose­cu­tion of a third amid a wave of pris­oner re­leases. The move ends the case of the blog­gers from the Zone 9 web­site whose ar­rest four years ago was con­demned as an at­tack on press free­dom. “The judge says they have dropped charges,” Zone 9 blog­ger At­nafu Ber­hane said. Prose­cu­tors with­drew ac­cu­sa­tions against blog­gers Be­fekadu Haile and Nat­nael Feleke of in­cit­ing violence, At­nafu said. He added that his own charge, also of in­cit­ing violence, wasn’t dropped be­cause of a court­room er­ror, but that he ex­pects it to be with­drawn to­mor­row. “For us, it’s good news, for our friends, our fam­ily,” At­nafu said.

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