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  • Yonatan sentenced to six & half years jail term for his Facebook post

     

     

    (Dire Tube News, Addis Ababa)— Yonatan Tesfaye, the former Spokesperson of Semayawi (Blue), an opposition Party, has been sentenced to six and half years term of prison for he was found guilty of “encouraging terrorism” for comments he made on his Facebook page.

     

    The court’s decision was passed on Thursday’s court hearing.


    A court found him guilty on May 16 and adjourned to Thursday, May 25, 2017.


    He was arrested in December 2015 as a wave of anti-government protests in the Oromia region was gathering momentum.


    A section of Ethiopia's anti-terror law stipulates that anyone who makes a statement that could be seen as encouraging people to commit an act of terror can be prosecuted.


    In a translation of the charge sheet by the Ethiopian Human Rights Project that details the Facebook comments, Mr. Yonatan allegedly said: "I am telling you to destroy [the ruling party's] oppressive materials... Now is the time to make our killers lame."


    The authorities objected to several posts including one in which Yonatan said the government used "force against the people instead of peaceful discussion".


    Ethiopia has been criticized for using anti-terror laws to silence dissent and by different international human right advocates and opposition political parties.

     

     

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  • Muslim man comforts elderly Jewish woman in symbol of Manchester's unity

     

    A Muslim man comforted an elderly Jewish woman and the pair prayed together at a floral tribute in the centre of Manchester in a symbol of the city's unity following a suicide bomb attack which killed at least 22 people.

    Sadiq Patel came and comforted Renee Rachel Black, who was visibly upset, and prayed next to her beside a display of flowers in Albert Square, where a vigil was held on Tuesday for victims of Monday night's attack at an Ariana Grande concert.


    He then helped her away, linking arms with her and carrying her chair in his other hand.


    It came as British police said they were investigating a network in their probe into the Manchester suicide bombing that killed 22 people on Monday, the head of Greater Manchester Police said.
    "I think it's very clear that this is a network that we are investigating," Chief Constable Ian Hopkins told reporters.

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  • Gay Men Publicly Caned in Indonesia


    Religious police in Indonesia publicly caned two men Tuesday for having consensual gay sex.

    The men received more than 80 lashes each, inflicted by hooded men inside a mosque in the city of Banda Aceh as hundreds of people watched, many of them recording the scene on mobile phones.
    "The convicts will be returned to their family after being caned publicly as the caning is considered a social sanction," Yusnardi, head of the Sharia police force in the conservative province of Aceh, told reporters. "Hopefully it will be a deterrent for people not to do anything against Islamic law".
    “Flogging sentences and the criminalization of same sex relations are both flagrant violations of international human rights law," Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific Josef Benedict said. "The international community must put pressure on Indonesia to create a safer environment for the LGBTI community before the situation deteriorates further. Nobody should be punished for consensual sex.”
    “Flogging sentences and the criminalization of same sex relations are both flagrant violations of international human rights law," Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific Josef Benedict said. "The international community must put pressure on Indonesia to create a safer environment for the LGBTI community before the situation deteriorates further. Nobody should be punished for consensual sex.”

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  • PM Hailemariam calls on Ethiopians to leave Saudi before amnesty deadline

     Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn called on undocumented Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia to leave the country before the amnesty deadline that ends June 29, 2017.


    In a press conference he gave in China in connection with the approaching Saudi amnesty deadline, the Premier said previously without prior notice thousands of Ethiopian repatriates were deported and the situation was challenging to handle.


    “However, with relentless efforts of the government, we successfully managed the situation."


    "In this Saudi policy to expelled out undocumented citizens to leave their country we have been provided time to facilitate for safe return of our citizens. Therefore, I urged Ethiopian repatriates to use the amnesty period, “he urged.


    The people and the government of Ethiopia are endeavoring to curb human trafficking, he said and adding the effort would be intensified in an organized manner to protect citizens from any rights violation harassment.

    As part of this effort, the government is dealing with Saudi Arabia, the principal labor hiring country for Ethiopia, to reach a final labor exchange agreement. A serious of discussions were held with Saudi officials and consensus was reached to held the repatriation in the way adheres human rights.

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  • What a bad night for Britain!?


                                     Children among 22 killed at Ariana Grande concert by suicide bomb explosion


    Terrorists are continuing to attack Europe, especially, Britain has been becoming a nucleus of their target in recent years next to France.
    Recurrent terrorist attack is disturbing a security of the country. A suicide bomber has killed 22 people - including children - in an explosion that tore through fans leaving an Ariana Grande pop concert in Manchester, according to telegraph’s report.

    It was reported that at least 59 people were also injured when the blast caused by an improvised explosive device carried by the attacker exploded at the Manchester Arena after the performance on Monday night.


    Victims described being thrown by the blast, which scattered nuts and bolts across the floor and told of seeing smoke and smelling burning in the foyer area.

    It is the worst terror attack to hit Britain since the July 2005 suicide bomb attacks in central London in which 52 people were killed and came four years to the day Lee Rigby was murdered by Islamist extremists.


    Police were called to reports of an explosion at 10.33pm, shortly after Grande, the US singer, had finished her performance as thousands of people streamed out of the Arena.

     

    More than 240 calls were made to the emergency services, with responders including 60 ambulances flooding the area and more than 400 police officers deployed as part of the operation.

     

     

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  • Maryland Ethiopian Taxi Driver abducts three passengers

    By Victoria St. Martin May 8

    A cab driver was charged with three counts of abduction after authorities said he locked three women in his taxi and refused to stop after an argument about the fare.

    The driver, Muzemil Denbel Awel of Chevy Chase, Md., was arrested Saturday. Police said Monday that the women were able to unlock one of the rear doors and jump out of Awel’s moving taxi in Woodbridge, Va.

    The women traveled nearly 30 miles — from the District to Prince William County — in Awel’s taxi early Saturday, police said. The trio — 32, 29 and 22, all from Woodbridge — approached Awel’s taxi in the District and said they were headed to the 13200 block of Nassau Drive in their neighborhood.

    Police said when they arrived at the destination, the women and Awel had a dispute about the fare. When the passengers said they could not pay the fare, he locked the taxi doors and drove away with the women inside. Awel refused to stop and let the women out of the taxi, authorities said.

    One of the women got in contact with a family member during the incident, and police said that family member began following the taxi in another vehicle.

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