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Ethiopian court imposes lengthy prison sentences on 28 Al shabaab suspects

Addis Ababa (MCRS) 12 Mar. 2016 – Dozens of terrorists were given prison sentences of up to 21 years by an Ethiopia court on Friday for trying to establish an Islamic state and membership of al-Shabaab, the east African offshoot of al-Qaeda.

The 28 defendants received terror training in 2003 and joined al-Shabaab three years later, the Federal High Court heard.

They fought across Somalia, including attacks on the African Union Mission in Somalia, and plotted a 2011 terror attack in Ethiopia.

The group’s leader Aman Assefa also led al-Shabaab’s Ethiopian branch, the court was told.

The convicts were given prison sentences ranging from four years, 10 months to 21 years.

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