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Ethiopia activists get 2 1/2 years but to walk free
Wed 26 Dec 2007, 9:45 GMT
By Tsegaye Tadesse
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Two human rights activists received a two-and-a-half year jail sentence on Wednesday for inciting post-election violence in 2005, but will walk free within days as they have already served their prison time.
An Addis Ababa court found the pair "guilty of inciting violence and uprising against the government".
Their defence lawyer, Mengistu Haile Mariam, confirmed, however, they would be freed quickly.
"The two activists will be released from prison in three days' time because they have already served two-thirds of their sentences," he told reporters at the court.
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