Prosecutors Charge Jawar Mohammed et. al with Terrorism

ADDIS ABABA – Jawar Mohammed and 23 other people have been charged with terrorism-related offenses, telecom fraud and other criminal activities, the Office of Attorney General’s announced Saturday..

The charges relate to deadly violence that erupted in July in parts of Oromia region and Addis Ababa following the killing of singer Hachalu Hundessa on June 29.

The file includes Dejene Gutema of Oromia Media Network, Birhanemeskel Abebe and Tsegaye Ararsa who are also charged in absentia with terrorism, reported the state-TV.

The prosecutors filed multiple charges consisting of ten separate charges against the defendants at Federal Supreme Court as well as Lideta Branch Criminal Bench on September 16, 2020, under file number 260215, the Attorney General Office said.

The prosecutors accused the 24 defendants of breaching Ethiopia’s 2004 criminal code article 240 on allegations of inciting ethnicity and religion-based communal violence.

The accusations also include of violating Anti-Terrorism Proclamation 1176/2020, Anti-Telecom Fraud Proclamation 761/2012, and Firearm Administration and Control Proclamation 1177/2020, the AJ office said.

The defendants are expected to appear before Federal Supreme Court, Lideta Branch Criminal Bench on Monday, September 21, 2020 to officially receive the charge sheet.