The online activist Yonatan Tesfaye Regassa was sentenced to six years in prison for speaking against the repression of the Oromo people in Ethiopia; his trial and sentencing were carried out under Ethiopia’s highly-politicized law called the Anti-Terrorism Law – which, according to critics, such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, takes any opposition against the one-party regime (hegemony) of TPLF in Ethiopia as an act of terror.
ETHIOPIA COURT JAILS FORMER OPPOSITION PR HEAD TO SIX YEARS AND SIX MONTHS FOR FACEBOOK POSTS
Addis Abeba – May 25, 2017 – The Federal High court fourth criminal bench has today sentenced Yonatan Tesfaye, social media activist and former public relations head of the opposition Blue Party to six years and three months in jail.
In its ruling this morning, the court has partially accepted Yonatan’s three different appeals for minimum sentence. His appeal mentioned that Yonatan was the sole caregiver of his aging and ailing mother; that he had no previous criminal records and that he was involved in several charity programs to benefit disadvantaged citizens.
Tomorrow will mark one year and six months since Yonatan was first arrested, and it will be considered as time served. Sources say his lawyer Shibiru Belete is seeking to appeal for the charges of terrorism to be downgraded to criminal charges. Addis Standard could not reach the lawyer as of yet.