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Key Ethiopia treason trial starts

Ethiopia’s opposition leaders are among 129 people who have gone on trial for treason and attempted genocide. None of the accused answered questions, saying the trial was political. Some wore black t-shirts and put their hands over their mouths when asked to plead. The charges relate to last November’s street clashes that killed 46 people over disputed polls in May, won by Prime Minster Meles Zenawi’s party. The opposition claimed the polls had been rigged – charges Mr Meles denies. One of the Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD) leaders, Bertukan Medeksa, a former judge, said the court was controlled by Mr Meles, who had already found them guilty. Full Story

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