Terefe Mengesha

Beats Covered:
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The Central High Court sentenced Terefe, the former editor in chief of the Amharic-language weekly Roha, to an additional one-year prison term just as he completed a one-year sentence for “publishing and distributing false information” and for “inciting the public to anxiety and insecurity.” Terefe was leaving the prison grounds when policemen rearrested him and transported him to Ma’ekelawi Central Prison in Addis Ababa. Terefe’s original conviction cited two articles, published in the October and December 1994 issues of Roha, titled “Colonel Mengistu on the Offensive in Gambella” and “Woyane Combatants Suffered Heavy Defeats in South, West, and East Ethiopia.”