|Verdict postponed again!|
|Written by Action Aid|
|Saturday, 24 November 2007|
The verdict in the case of Ethiopian anti-poverty campaigners Daniel Bekele and Netsanet Demissie, which was expected on the 22nd of November, has been postponed again because a judge is in hospital.
The last evidence in the case was presented in Ethiopia's Federal High Court on 2 August. The two prisoners have been waiting since then to hear their verdict, first while the court completed its annual recess, and then for a further six weeks after the judges said that they needed extra time to consider all the evidence.
On November 22nd, the court postponed the verdict again, to Friday 30 November, because one of the three judges is in hospital.
The two anti-poverty campaigners are the only remaining defendants in a case which was brought against 127 individuals and four organisations in January 2006.
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Daniel Bekele is policy manager of ActionAid Ethiopia. Netsanet Demissie is director of the Organisation for Social Justice in Ethiopia, a partner organisation of ActionAid. They have been recognised by Amnesty International as prisoners of conscience and human rights defenders.
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