Jailed for Face­book mes­sage

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - WORLD -

ETHIOPIAN jour­nal­ist Ge­tachew Shiferaw was sen­tenced to 18 months in prison yes­ter­day for speak­ing to a dis­si­dent.

Ge­tachew has been in jail since his arrest in De­cem­ber 2015, mean­ing he could be re­leased from cus­tody as soon as next week, his lawyer said.

Ge­tachew was found guilty of en­cour­ag­ing re­volt for send­ing a Face­book mes­sage to an Ethiopian dis­si­dent who had been con­victed in ab­sen­tia of be­ing in­volved with an op­po­si­tion group which has called for the vi­o­lent over­throw of the rul­ing party. – AFP

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