ETHIOPIA-BORN PRO-DEMOCRACY UK CITIZEN FACES TERRORISM CHARGES

A United Kingdom (U.K.) court has charged an Ethiopia-born management lecturer over nine counts of terrorism offences.

Tadesse Kersmo fled Ethiopia in 2009 and sought asylum in the U.K. He was later granted British citizenship.

Westminster Magistrates Court judge, Emma Arbuthnot, granted Kersmo a bail of $32,000 along with other release conditions. He is due back in the Central Criminal Court in two weeks, the BBC reports.

He is affiliated with the opposition group, Ginbot 7, which is banned in Ethiopia. Among the accusations he faces are, receiving training in Eritrea and holding terrorism related information like texts on sniper training and guerrilla warfare.

Kersmo who was arrested during his return to the United Kingdom in January told reporters that he was innocent of the charges. The case is the first such in relation to an Ethiopian opposition member outside of the country.

The regime in Addis Ababa has received flak from rights groups that accuse them of stifling dissent and cracking down on political opposition and the media.

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