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27 convicted in coup plot

An Ethiopian court has convicted 27 people accused of conspiring to create public havoc in an attempt to bring down Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s government. Some of the defendants could face the death penalty.
A three-judge panel handed down guilty verdicts for 27 of the 46 defendants in the so-called Ginbot Seven case. Thirteen others who are not in custody had earlier been convicted in absentia. The remaining six were acquitted.
Those convicted include several current and retired army officers, including two generals, along with senior opposition political figures. They were charged with plotting to kill unnamed government ministers, destroy strategic facilities and incite rebellion within the army as part of a coup attempt.
Full story at the VOA.

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  1. Addisu
    November 20, 2009 at 8:13 am

    Down with Woyane and their fake court. This is an act of desperate regime.
    We will see what force, gun and putting people in jail could bring.

  2. Kassa
    November 20, 2009 at 9:49 am

    My sympathies for all those innocents who have become victims of Meles and Bereket’s insatiable love of power. This isn’t a glorious time for Ethiopia. Many innocent, real Ethiopians are going under slain or being kept behind bars by abominable and monstrous people who have hatred and deep inferiority complex for this country and its glorious past. The Meles (whose father was a banda who collaborated with the Italians) and Bereket (whose Eritrean blood boils down whenever any good thing happens to this country) have assumed sole power over the state, could convict anyone they wish too with no protest and grumbling coming from any corner.
    My fellow Ethiopians, fear and submission can’t make those brutal dictators go. However hard the situations might have gotten, Ethiopians should make it a point to take their future in their own hands. Dictatorship could be toppled, all have. America or any other party isn’t going to solve your problem. It is all in your hands.
    And knowingly or unknowingly, let us not make ourselves instruments of dictators and traitors. Because we would the first to be devoured when we go out of use.

  3. nech shinkurt
    November 20, 2009 at 10:43 am

    “It is not power that corrupts, but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts.”
    Freedom from Fear
    1991
    Aung San suu Kyi

  4. sol
    November 20, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    This Be the Verse
    They fuck you up, your mum and dad.
    They may not mean to, but they do.
    They fill you the faults they had
    And add some extra, just for you.

    But they were fucked up in their turn
    By fools in old-style hats and coats,
    Who half the time were soppy-stern
    And half at one another’s throats.

    Man hands on misery to man.
    It deepens like a coastal shelf.
    Get out as early as you can,
    And don’t have any kids yourself.

    By Philip Larkin 1922-80

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