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Somaliland Sentences 17 to Death One Day After Attack

Posted May 17th, 2012 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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A military court in the breakaway region of Somaliland has sentenced 17 people to death following an attack on a military base. The court convicted the defendants Wednesday, saying they confessed to attacking the facility in Hargeisa a day earlier, killing seven people. The court also sentenced five underage defendants to life in prison. Authorities […]

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Half-Brother of Togo President Imprisoned for 2009 Coup Plot

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 5:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A court in the West African nation of Togo has sentenced the half-brother of President Faure Gnassingbe to 20 years in prison for leading a failed 2009 coup. Kpatcha Gnassingbe is the former defense minister. Another coup leader also got a 20 year prison term, while other suspects got lesser sentences. Kpatcha Gnassingbe masterminded a […]

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Ethiopia Commutes Death Sentences of Mengistu Officers

Posted June 1st, 2011 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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Ethiopia has commuted death sentences given to 23 former officials for crimes committed during the rule of dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam. Ethiopian President Girma Woldegiorgis announced Wednesday that he had reduced the officials’ sentences to life in prison. The action follows an appeal for leniency by a group of religious leaders. The officials were convicted […]

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