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Source: The Guardian
Addis Ababa : Ethiopia | almost 2 years ago
Reuters in Addis Ababa Martin Schibbye, pictured in 2009, was sentenced to 11 years in prison with Johan Persson on charges of supporting terrorism. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images...
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Swedish Journalists Face Difficult Decision

For more news and videos visit ☛ Follow us on Twitter ☛ http Add us on Facebook ☛ Two Swedish journalists who have been sentenced to 11 years in prison in Ethiopia, are facing a very difficult decision. NTD News met with their lawyer. Two Swedish journalists Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson who are jailed in Ethiopia are now facing a difficult decision. On December 27, 2011, they were sentenced to 11 years imprisonment in Ethiopia for having illegally entered the country and allegedly promoting terrorism. Now they have two choices: Take up to two years to appeal the verdict to a court that is not independent from the regime, as Ethiopia is a one party-state. Or they can plead guilty and beg the President and Prime Minister Meles Zenawi for pardon. Thomas Olsson is a Swedish lawyer representing the jailed journalists. [Thomas Olsson, Lawyer]: "The question is now. If you are going to appeal are you then making the process with the pardon delayed? But that is a decision that Johan and Martin have to take by themselves." Bengt Nilsson is a journalist who has worked in Ethiopia. He thinks the only way out for the Swedish journalists is to seek pardon. He says that the Ethiopian culture is very different from Sweden, and there's a custom to accept that you are guilty as a prisoner and then appeal for pardon. [Bengt Nilsson, Journalist]: "I have done the same thing myself, exactly during the war in 1989 I entered Northern Ethiopia illegally as a <b>...</b>
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