Ethiopian court sentences killer of opposition candidate to 15 years in prison

March 12th, 2010 | by addis portal |

APA-Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) An Ethiopian court has sentenced to 15 years imprisonment the convicted killer of an opposition candidate for Ethiopia’s parliamentary election in the May 2010, APA learns here Thursday.The opposition party candidate, Aregawi Gebre-Yohannes, a member of Arena opposition party was killed 10 days ago at a restaurant he owned near the town of Shire in the Tigray regional state, located some 800 kilometres north of Addis Ababa.

The Ethiopian government and Tigray regional state officials said at the time that the candidate was killed in a personal dispute involving customers in his restaurant.

However, his party linked his death to political motive at the on-going election campaign for the May 2010 national elections.

Human Rights Watch had demanded this week for an inquiry into the death of the candidate.

It was with this background that the Ethiopian court in Tigray regional state gave a 15 year imprisonment against the man who was charged for killing the candidate.

The court said in its verdict that though the defendant had no previous criminal record, the court convicted and gave him the minimum penalty.

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