"Their driver gave them up"

The two imprisoned journalists, Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson, were lured into a trap when they tried to enter Ethiopia’s Ogaden province, according to their Swedish lawyer Thomas Olsson.

In an interview with newspaper Dagens Nyheter, Olsson claims that the Swedes walked into a trap set up by Ethiopian authorities.

Schibbye and Persson landed in the Somalia town of Galkaio and hired a driver to take them over the border.

“That was probably their first mistake,” Olsson said, since the ruling military group in the area most likely alerted the Ethiopian authorities that two Swedish journalists were on their way.

“Their driver probably knew that they would be arrested once they reached the other side,” he added.