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The Federal High Court 19th Bench handed Gashaw Shibabaw, a member of the outlawed Ethiopian People Patriotic Front (EPPF), a prison sentence of four years and eight months without probation.
The convict received shelter, training and logistical assistance from the Eritrean regime under the auspices of the terrorist group EPPF, before crossing into Ethiopia with his full military gear to launch terrorist attacks in the country.
In a statement the convict gave to police, he admitted to joining EPPF, a terrorist group supported by the notorious regime in Asmara and received military and political training in a place called Erena.
Two years ago, the convict crossed into Ethiopia with a small insurgent group to mount terrorist attacks in the country and was involved in several skirmishes with local security personnel, before being arrested in May, 2013.
The Federal Prosecutor brought terrorism charges against the individual and the convict admitted to joining an outlawed terrorist organization, to receiving military and political training in Eritrea, tirelessly working to carry out the group’s missions, illegally crossing into Ethiopia through River Tekeze with his full military gear, forcefully recruiting farmers to join the terrorist group, engaging Ethiopian security forces militarily and attempting to attack government institutions.
As such, the court sentenced the convict to serve a prison term of four years and eight months without probation.