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Ethiopia sentences Kenyan, nine others for plotting terror attacks

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By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

January 16, 2013 (ADDIS ABABA) - A court in Ethiopia on Tuesday passed jail terms against nine individuals including one Kenyan national who are alleged to be members of a terrorist cell affiliated with Al Qaeda’s network operating in East Africa.

The men were convicted of plans to launch terrorist attacks and charged of recruiting members, money laundering and waging holly war on the predominantly Christian nation.

Accordingly, the court handed down prison sentences ranging from three to 20 years. One of the ten men charged was acquitted. Prosecutors were requesting life sentences.

Six out of the group were sentenced in absentia.

Among those sentenced on Tuesday was a Kenyan national, Hassan Jarso, who the prosecution alleged was a member of al-Shabab, a Somali militant group fighting Somali and African Union forces in Somalia.

Jarso who pleaded guilty was sentenced to 17 years behind bars. Nine out of the group were all Ethiopian nationals. Jarso and the Ethiopians were arrested in April last year.

The verdict comes two weeks after Ethiopia’s National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) announced the arrest of 15 people alleged to be members of Somalia’s al-Shabab

The intelligence agency then said the suspected militants were trained by al-Shabab militants in neighboring Somalia and Kenya and they were plotting terrorist attacks in Ethiopia’s Somali and Harar Regional States.

Ethiopia which is a regional security ally of the US has repeatedly deployed troops in Somalia since 2006 to battle Al-Shabab - risking retaliatory attacks from the radical group.

Uganda, which has deployed troops to fight al-Shabab as part of the African Union force has experienced terrorist attacks on its terrority, which the al-Qaeda affiliate has claimed responsibility for.

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  • 17 January 2013 08:22, by Paul Ongee

    Al-Qaeda affiliate is operating all over East African countries; security network needs to be beefed up and effectively coordinated across the region to nib the terrorist activities in the bud. They project themselves today as traders and vendors all over the streets in every city and town but tomorrow somebody different ready to detonate bombs or commit suicide in public places.

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  • 17 January 2013 08:28, by bakuluk

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  • 17 January 2013 08:31, by william

    Ethiopia has executed the sentences for terrorists while it failed to arrest the wanted terrorist called bashir!! Is it means that it can only arrests terrorist from Somali? Taha,nafi al manafa and are wanted by ICC.

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    • 17 January 2013 09:26, by Tutbol

      William,
      I like your comment alhough i don’t care about all these terrorises. Our AU leaders are increasingly becoming like Europeans plutocrats, who are in politics by the power of the interest groups. The level of EU, AL, the US lobbying in the AU HQ in ethiopia is not healthy to the politics of the Africans. The AU is just there but it works for the interests of the richer organisations.

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        Al bashire is rightly being protected by Europeans & arab gulf states. But our other african leaders are hushed by petro-dollars. The Europeans want to re-colonalise african by proxies. We have seen what was about to happen in CAR! I don’t want colonists in my state anyway & so do others. Watch out.

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  • 18 January 2013 01:25, by Panthou

    Bravo Ethiopia! Arrest them all! They went there because there’s a peace talk in Addis Ababa. An enemy of peace. Those are gangs of Bashiir, don’t let Bashiir come back next time. Because those bucks are following him. What terrorist like in the east? Middle east. N East Africa? All those Al Qaeda are spreading out of Sudan, let’s seal the borders.Ethiopia, south Sudan, Congo. Haahhaa!

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