After several adjournments and unjust detention for 646 days, De Birhan’s co-blogger Zelalem Workagegnehu and his two friends Yonatan Wolde and Bahiru Degu’s final verdict hearing has been adjourned for tomorrow.
The judges reportedly said that they have prepared the final verdict for the trio but they have not obtained the defense evidences of the 10th defendant in the file, Tesfaye Teferi.
Tesfaye, on his part asked the judges to give the verdict based on the evidences he has presented so far. He said he does not want to cause an inconvenience to the rest of the defendants due to this.
Tesfaye, has no links or relationship with Zelalem or the rest of the defendants but the prosecutors have lumped his charges under Zelalem’s file. He was charged with supporting Ginbot 7 Movement.
Zelalem Workagenehu, co-blogger of De Birhan Blog, was initially charged in October 2014 with being the local leader of Ginbot 7 opposition Movement, conspiring violent revolution with his friends (such as this writer), writing and sending reports that appeared on Diaspora based websites such as this article he wrote in 2011 using his pen name, receiving money from abroad to recruit members for Ginbot 7, and facilitating asocial media and communication related training course with his friends.
However, the court dropped most of the charges and now he is defending two charges, which are receiving money (10, 000 birr) from abroad to recruit members for the opposition Ginbot 7 and facilitating the social media training.
Yonatan and Bahiru are charged for applying for the digital security course, which is framed as “a course to terrorize Ethiopia” by government prosecutors.
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