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Ethiopian Human Rights Campaigners to Hear Verdict Tomorrow
VERDICT MONDAY 24TH ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA
After more than two years in prison, two Ethiopian human rights campaigners on trial for treason hope to hear tomorrow morning whether they can spend the holidays at home with their families.
Daniel Bekele and Netsanet Demissie, both coordinators of Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) in Ethiopia, are the last two accused in the high profile Ethiopian trial that originally charged 131 politicians, journalists, organisations and civil society leaders. They have been detained since November 2005 on charges of conspiracy and "outrage against the constitution and constitutional order." If found guilty, the human rights campaigners could face life imprisonment or even death sentences.
Their verdict has been delayed four times since final statements were presented in August. Daniel and Netsanet have been denied bail throughout their trial.
Aside from their work with GCAP, Daniel is also head of the policy department at ActionAid International Ethiopia. Netsanet is also the founder of local human rights group Organisation for Social Justice in Ethiopia. Both Daniel and Netsanet assisted in monitoring the May 2005 election, peaceful and legitimate civil society work for which they now stand trial
As previously, CIVICUS Secretary General and GCAP chair, Kumi Naidoo, will be present in Addis Ababa for the hearing.
For background information on the trial, please visit:
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