Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson's lawyer Thomas Olsson
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Ethiopia jails Swedish journalists on terror charges

A court in Ethiopia has sentenced two Swedish journalists to 11 years in prison for entering the country illegally and supporting terrorism.

Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson were detained in July after they were captured in Ethiopia with rebels from the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF).

The men were found guilty of the charges last week.

Describing the verdict as "brutal", their lawyer Thomas Olsson went on to add "this is about two innocent journalists who have tried to do their work".

  • 27 Dec 2011