Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Ethiopia charges 33 people for attempting to dismantle order

Ethiopian court charged 33 people with incitement to violence, they are “suspected of attempting to dismantle the constitutional order”, the state-run ENA reported.

In its charges submitted to the Second Criminal Bench of the Federal High Court on Monday, the prosecutor said the suspects accepted and acted up on the call made by the Coalition for Unity and Democracy Party (CUDP), "bent on dismantling the constitutional order through force".

Clashes between police and opposition supporters angered by the outcome of elections earlier this year left at least 46 people dead, drew international condemnation and raised questions about Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's commitment to democracy.

The violence began Nov. 1 after peaceful protests Oct. 31 over the disputed May 15 elections. Full report (Sudan Tribune) 21 Mar 2006.


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