The paranoid TPLF regime convicts the UN security worker because he has not proved that he did not commit the crime. The law states the burden of proof lies in the prosecution i.e. the state in this case. Instead of they proving he is guilty of crime, his inability to establish that he is innocent is enough to convict him. DEDEBIT law school in action.
Ethiopia court convicts UN security officer of 'terrorism'
(AFP) – June 18
ADDIS ABABA — A court in Addis Ababa Monday found an Ethiopian security officer working for the UN and charged with having links to a banned armed group guilty of "participating in a terrorist organisation."
"The defendant has not convinced us that he did not commit a crime... he's guilty," judge Mulugeta Kidane said.
Abdurahman Sheikh Hassan, who was based in Ethiopia's troubled southeastern Ogaden region, was charged last July with having links to the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), a secessionist rebel group.
He is charged along with Sherif Baido, whom the charge sheet lists as a senior member of the ONLF and was convicted on the same charge in absentia, according to Mulugeta.
The two men face five to ten years in prison. The court is expected to deliver a sentence on Friday.
Hassan was arrested after negotiating the release of two UN World Food Programme (WFP) officers kidnapped in the Ogaden.
Judge Mulugeta said defence witnesses failed to prove Hassan did not have links to ONLF members.
The key evidence used by the prosecution was recordings of phone conversations between Hassan and his co-defendant.
The judge said the voices of Hassan and Baido had been matched to those on the tape after it was analysed by the cybercrimes unit.
"It has been proved by the cybercrimes section that it was their voices," he said.
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