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"Support of terrorism" charge remains for Swedes

Published torsdag 3 november 2011 kl 11.43

The judge in the trial against two Swedish journalists in Ethiopa has decided they will be tried for supporting a terrorist group and for illegal entry into the country.

The charge of "being a member of a terrorist organisation" has been dropped. A second charge of intent to sabotage and spy on military or oil installations has also been removed.

The trial will recommence on December 6.

The two freelance journalists, photographer Johan Persson and writer Martin Schibbye, travelled illegally into the restive Ogaden region this summer. They were accompanied by a terror-labelled rebel group.

They had intended to write about the oil and gas prospecting of the company Lundin Petroleum, which had ties to Sweden's foreign minister, Carl Bildt.

The journalists have pleaded guilty to entering the country without a visa but deny the terror charges.

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