Ethiopia elections protesters treason trial begins Jaime Jansen at 3:59 PM ET
[JURIST] The trial of 129 lawmakers, journalists and human rights activists on treason charges opened Friday in Ethiopia. The charges relate to mass demonstrations [JURIST report] in the wake of Ethiopias May 2005 elections; the 129 defendants were arrested after street protests in July and November [JURIST report]. The opposition Coalition of Unity and Democracy (CUD) [political party website] claims that Prime Minister Meles Zenawi stole the election by rigging the vote and intimidating witnesses. All but three of the defendants refused to enter a plea, and 38 defendants were charged in absentia.
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