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EU attempts to rescue the Swedes convicted and jailed in Ethiopia

Tuesday, 24 January 2012
Sweden seems to have not got the required amount of ammunition required to call for the extradition of its subjects convicted in Ethiopia on terrorist charges. As such the EU seems to have stepped up and want to provide the firepower Sweden needs.

Over the weekend the EU is reported to have been trying to convince the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi, that the Swedish journalists Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson convicted of terrorist charges should be freed.

The Ethiopian government has nevertheless reiterated that they will not give in to pressure from Western countries. It will soon be a month since freelance journalist, Martin Schibbye and photographers, Johan Persson were convicted of terror crimes and illegal entry into Ethiopia.

They have decided to seek pardon from the Ethiopian regime rather than appealing the verdict of eleven years in prison. Now everything depends on the diplomatic efforts of Sweden, EU, U.S. and other Western countries.

At best the summit with the African Union in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, which many leaders from Europe and the rest of the world will be involved, could also play. The meeting provides an opportunity for the Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi to get in contact with the Europeans dignitaries.

Swedish Foreign Minister, Carl Bildt's closest collaborator Frank Belfrage, will represent Sweden at a meeting, but it is according to Swedish Foreign Ministry unclear whether he will take up the issue of the Swedish journalists.
By Scancomark.se Team

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