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ethiopian trial

Journalists accused of handling weapons

Published lördag 29 oktober 2011 kl 10.25

The Swedish journalists on trial in Ethiopia are accused of having had weapons training, reports Swedish Radio News.

An English translation of the charge sheet has just been made by the Swedish embassy in the capital city, Addis Ababa.

An expert on Ethiopia, Ketil Tronvoll, says to Swedish radio news that the translation is very poor, and that this may affect the journalists' chance of a fair trial.

The Ethiopian court has published pictures supposedly showing both journalists holding guns. Their Swedish-based lawyer, Thomas Olsson, says that he has not seen all these pictures before, but that he does not see them as especially serious. He says that they are not legally since according to the Swedes they only handled their bodyguard's weapons in Somalia, outside Ethiopian jurisdiction.

Thomas Olsson is also concerned about a lack of activity on the part of the Ethiopian defence team, but says that things may speed up after Tuesday, when the prosecution officially puts forward its case.

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