A court in Addis Abeba today granted the police investigating the case of three independent journalists and six bloggers ten more days before the next hearing.
According to defense lawyer Amha Meokonnen, the police have submitted an application for no-bail at the Arada First Instance Court, First Bench claiming the investigation was a serious matter.
No charges were brought as of yet but the police have said the detainees have more collaborators who may help them to escape the country. The police have also said they were yet to finish confiscating equipments belonging to detainees including computers and printed documents, and they were yet to have some of the documents translated from English to Amharic.
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A statement from the European External Action Service (EEAS), EU’s Foreign & Security Policy Service led by Catherine Ashton (pictured), said the EU was “concerned about the recent arrests of bloggers, journalists and opposition members.”
The EU reiterates the importance of “protecting space for genuine political dialogue and creating an environment in which divergent voices from all parts of society can express their views freely in a constructive manner,” the statement said.