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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Ethiopia Detains 45 Nigerians for Alleged Drug Trafficking - Official



 No fewer than 45 Nigerian nationals are being detained by the Ethiopian authorities for alleged drugs trafficking and related offences, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. A top official of the Embassy of Nigeria in Addis Ababa, who preferred not be mentioned, told NAN that the suspected traffickers, including seven ladies, were arrested at the Addis Ababa International Airport within a period of five months. The suspects are being detained in various detention facilities within the city while awaiting trial in accordance with international laws on trafficking of drugs and other related offenses. The embassy official said the suspected traffickers were on transit through the Addis Ababa Airport from countries in South America being points of origin. The official said most of the suspects were heading to Nigeria and some countries in West Africa being their destination points. NAN learnt that various kilogrammes of substances suspected to be cocaine, heroin and other similar drugs were found on the suspects and their luggage by scanners and electronic detectors at the airport. The embassy had confirmed that one of the suspects had died of drugs complications in his organs few days after he was arrested. The officials, who visited the suspects in the various facilities within the city, confirmed that they would soon be arraigned in courts according to international law on drugs trafficking. Meanwhile, no fewer than 18 Nigerians, including four ladies, are serving various jail terms of between five and 14 years by the Ethiopian authorities for similar offence.   Source  ( Allafrica.com)

Ethiopian jailed in China's first khat smuggling case




 An Ethiopian was sentenced to seven months in jail for trafficking khat to China, marking the first such case in the country, which classed the plant as an illegal drug this year. The verdict was handed down earlier this month by the Intermediate People's Court of Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang province. The defendant, Ibrahim Abdulsemed Abdosh, was also fined 30,000 yuan (about $4,878), the judge in the case, Liu Yun, told Xinhua Tuesday. Chinese customs officers at the Hangzhou International Airport found0.63 kilograms of khat carried by the man, who had flown there from Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, on January 13, Liu said. She said the man was aware of China's ban on khat, a leafy plant chewed as a stimulant, but attempted to escape the immigration inspection. The plant is widely consumed in Africa but uncommon in China, she said. The World Health Organization has listed khat as a drug of abuse that can create psychological dependence.  Source ( Ecns.cn )

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sudan's wheelbarrow users struggle with high fees



 Interesting news...
In Sudan's capital, Khartoum, about 20,000 people use wheelbarrows to transport goods. But they're not allowed to own their own; wheelbarrows are controlled by local government contractors who charge high rental fees. Workers say it's seriously damaging their earnings.
Hadya Alalawi reports.  Source ( BBC)
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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-28138322

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Group of bloggers have been charged for planning attacks, says a judge


A group of Ethiopian bloggers and journalists detained for nearly three months have been charged with terrorism for having links to an outlawed group and for planning attacks, a judge said Friday.  The seven members of the blogging collective Zone Nine and three journalists were arrested in April, prompting an outcry from rights groups who said the case was an assault on press freedom.  The group is accused of planning attacks in Ethiopia and working in collusion with the US-based opposition group Ginbot 7, labelled by Ethiopian authorities as a terrorist organisation.  “They took training in how to make explosives and planned to train others,” Judge Tareke Alemayehu told the court.  The Zone Nine website, proclaiming “we blog because we care!” features mostly social and political commentary, often critical of the government.  The judge said their work was a cover for “clandestine” activities and accused them of plotting “to destabilise the nation”.  Nine of the accused — one is charged in absentia — smiled and waved to friends and family as they entered the packed courtroom.  The lawyer for eight of the suspects dismissed the charges.  “We don’t believe that there is any credible substance,” Amaha Mekonnen told AFP.  Rights groups have accused Ethiopia of using the anti-terrorism laws to silence dissent and jail critics.  Several journalists have been jailed under the law, including two Swedish journalists sentenced to 11 years in prison in 2012. They were pardoned after serving 15 months.  The dissident blogger Eskinder Nega is currently serving an 18-year sentence for having links with Ginbot 7, which calls for the violent overthrow of the ruling party.  The trial for the bloggers and journalists is expected to resume on August 4.   Source ( AFP)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Row among DC taxi drivers and Uber X users




July 13  2014  , Ethiopian This  Week Radio  program presents an exclusive  interview   with  the  vice president of DC Taxi Drivers  Association  Ato  Addis  Gebraeselsse  . Ato Addis explains   his association stand over the decision by the city to involve Uber X without valid regulation.   . Mr. Gebreslase  begins his argument, why is most of DC Taxi service directives are not applying to   Uber X , while are effective to regular taxi drivers.  On our next week (July 20, 2014 program), we will present a response from Uber X group.   As a reminder, listeners in all over USA can listen our programs by dialing 712-432-9790. No access code is needed.

https://ia601501.us.archive.org/6/items/July132014p/July132014p.mp3



What  do Uber X  drivers  say ..??  ( July  20 , 2014 Program )


January  20  , 2014  Ethiopian This Week weekly Radio  show presents   a  counteract from   one of Uber  X users  over the recent accusation  by  Dc Taxi drivers   Association Vice president. Click the link below  to  listen the interview ..