Ethiopia opposition members sentenced to life in prison for election protests Michael Sung at 12:25 PM ET
[JURIST] An Ethiopian court sentenced 35 opposition members to life in prison Monday for their roles in mass anti-government demonstrations [JURIST reports]. The opposition members, five of whom were sentenced in absentia were convicted last month of treason and inciting violence. Prosecutors had sought the death penalty [JURIST report]. The court also sentenced six opposition members to sentences ranging from 15 to 18 years, and gave two journalists terms ranging from one to three years in prison. Relatives of the 38 opposition leaders who were in court said Monday that the defendants could be freed in the near future as they have signed a document of apology. The opposition members, most of whom belonged to the Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD) [party website], offered no defense throughout the trial and have maintained that the charges were politically motivated.
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