Eskinder Nega and Ermias Legesse at the Baladera Council town hall meeting in Dallas, Texas

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Eskinder Nega and Jeremiah Leicester Dallas Texas Legislative Assembly Meeting - Live

A United States Congressman, Representative Eliot Engel, has reacted to the six-month sentence handed to top Ethiopian opposition member Bekele Gerba. Gerba and four others were sentenced for contempt of court, specifically for refusing to stand when addressed by a judge. According to Engel, a Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, the Addis Ababa High Court’s move was ‘deeply troubling’ within the context of Ethiopia’s recent political reform agenda. He also cited the reported ill health suffered by the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) secretary who has been detained since 2015 over charges of inciting violence in the country. His statement of February 5, 2018 read as follows: displayAdvert("mpu_3") Mr. Gerba, the secretary general of the opposition Oromo Federalist Congress, has allegedly been in in poor health since his December 2015 detention.. “Despite the recent release of thousands of political prisoners, the decision by an Ethiopian court to sentence Bekele Gerba to an additional six months in jail for contempt is deeply troubling. “Mr. Gerba, the secretary general of the opposition Oromo Federalist Congress, has allegedly been in in poor health since his December 2015 detention, which was part of the crackdown on anti-government protests in the Oromo and Amhara
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