Reeyot Alemu Loses Appeal

Jailed Ethiopian Journalist Reeyot Alemu, who is currently serving a five-year term on terror charges in Ethiopia, has lost an appeal to dismiss the case against her. She was among four women who where honored last year by the International Women’s Media Foundation. (Photo: Elias Wondimu, second from left, accepted the award on her behalf on October 24, 2012/ By Stan Honda/IWMF)

January 08, 2013

ADDIS ABABA — An Ethiopian journalist lost an appeal on Tuesday against a five-year prison sentence for her role in promoting subversive plots by a rebel group.

Reyot Alemu, a columnist at the now-defunct Feteh newspaper, and fellow journalist Woubishet Taye were found guilty a year ago of conspiring to participate in attacks under the orders of rebel groups and sentenced to 14 years behind bars. The pair were arrested in July 2011.

An appeals court reduced Reyot’s sentence to five years in August and dropped two of the three charges to leave just the promotion of “terrorist activity.”

A subsequent appeal to dismiss the case altogether, however, was rejected on Tuesday and she faces another three years and three months in prison, having already served more than 19 months.

Read the full story at VOA News.

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