[DEHAI] (ST) Ethiopia's 'coup plotters' appear in court

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From: Biniam Haile \(SWE\) (eritrea.lave@comhem.se)
Date: Tue Apr 28 2009 - 14:32:16 EDT

Ethiopia's 35 accused appear in court

Tuesday 28 April 2009 03:00.
April 27, 2009 (ADDIS ABABA) - Some 35 Ethiopian, suspected of plotting
to commit subversive activities against the government, were brought
before the court on Monday.
Ethiopian security services said the terrorist group, which is led by
Dr. Berhanu Nega, has declared an armed struggle to dismantle the
national constitutional system through force.
The authorities, who detained them on Friday April 24, say they found in
their houses weapons, explosives, communications tools and army
The security service today requested the judge to allow them more time
to finalize their investigations. A period of 14 days has been granted
by the judges.
The police said they had been closely monitoring the activities of the
members of the "terror network" which encompasses soldiers and civilians
working in government ministries.
Berhanu's organization 'May 15th' is named after the date of the 2005
Ethiopia's general election, where post election violence left some 193
protesters dead.
The leader of the group was elected mayor of capital Addis Ababa after
parliamentary elections in 2005 but was jailed when the opposition
disputed the government's victory. Since, he is teaching at
Pennisylvania University.

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