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Lawyers: Terror case against 29 Ethiopians faulty

By The Associated Press

This article was published November 22, 2012 at 9:38 a.m.

— Defense lawyers have told the Ethiopian High Federal Court that terrorism charges against 29 Muslims are unconstitutional.

Federal prosecutors are accusing the 29, which includes prominent clerics, journalists and activists, with terrorism and attempts to create an Islamic state. Tensions have been rising between the government in this mostly Christian country and Muslim worshippers that have led to anti-government protests.

On Thursday one of the defense lawyers for the 29 said that they expect the court to throw the case out. The court will decide on Nov. 30 if it has jurisdiction over the case and whether the charges, partly based on the country’s controversial anti-terrorism law, is constitutional.

Rights groups say the Ethiopian government provoked the protests by trying to impose a specific interpretation of Islam.

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bbos42 says... November 26, 2012 at 7:20 p.m.

Get ready America, it will be here before you know it.....they contend that our laws
don't apply to them.......

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