Ethiopian authorities on Thursday indicted prominent opposition member Eskinder Nega on terrorism related to the violent incidents in June following the murder of Oromo singer Hachalu Hundessa, which killed at least 250 people.
Prosecutors brought charges against seven people during a daytime hearing, Ethiopian TV station Fana reported. Along with Nega, two other defendants were charged with terrorism, while four others were charged with inciting a conflict.
Eskinder, arrested at the beginning of July and accused by police of instigating violence in the capital, is the founder and leader of the opposition party Balderas para una Democracia Genuina after Hachalu’s murder.
Henok Aklilu, the opposition’s lawyer and journalist, said in statements to the Ethiopian daily Addis Standard that the charges were filed in absentia and that they have not yet received any copies of the official documents.