Ethiopian opposition politician imprisoned for contempt of court

File: Three Ethiopian politicians were sentenced to six months in prison for contempt of court after they sang a protest song during proceedings, AP reported. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

JOHANNESBURG – One of Ethiopia’s most prominent opposition politicians has been sentenced to six months in prison for contempt of court along with three others after they sang a protest song during proceedings, AP reported.

Bekele Gerba, former deputy head of the Oromo Federalist Congress party, protested after the court withdrew a previous ruling requiring Ethiopia’s prime minister to appear as a defence witness. The state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate says Bekele and the other defendants “wreaked havoc.”

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Gerba was charged with terrorism and other offences after he was arrested in December 2015 during anti-government protests that raged across parts of Ethiopia.

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Following Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn’s recent declaration to release political activists Gerba was one of the opposition figures expected to be released.

African News Agency

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