Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Ethiopia Jails 10 for Plotting Attacks

Associated Press

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia—An Ethiopian court sentenced 10 men to jail terms of between three and 20 years for plotting attacks with Islamist rebels from neighboring Somalia.

Among those sentenced is a Kenyan, Hassan Jarso, who pleaded guilty when charged in May.

Federal court Judge Bahiru Darecha Tuesday sentenced Mr. Jarso to 17 years in prison. Eleven men were originally charged with the crimes. One was acquitted and six were sentenced in absentia.

The sentences come amid signs of increasing militancy in the East African nation. Ethiopian troops moved into Somalia in 2011 to fight the rebels linked to the al-Shabab group.

Ethiopia's intelligence agency said this month that 15 people were arrested as alleged members of a terror cell linked to al-Shabab.