Treason trial begins in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (The Washington Times ) - The trial of 129 lawmakers, journalists and human rights activists on treason charges opened yesterday with all but three defendants defiantly refusing to enter a plea.

"We don't want to defend ourselves because the trial's over. The prime minister has already given the ruling; punishment is the death penalty," said Birtukan Mideksa, the second-ranking officer of the outlawed Coalition for Unity (CUD) and Democracy party. More....

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