Ethiopian court orders Yassin Juma release on bail

Journalist Yassin Juma and his lawyer / TWITTER

An Ethiopia court has ordered the release of Kenyan journalist Yassin Juma on bail.

In addition, Ethiopia’s OMN journalist Melese Diribsa and three other individuals have also been bailed, Bekele Atoma Boru of BBC said.

He noted that police couldn’t present evidence to prove that the individuals committed a crime, according to their defence team.

Juma was arrested while covering protests that erupted in Ethiopia’s Oromia region following the death of musician Hachalu Hundessa.

He was being detained at Sostegna Police Station in Ethiopia.

Hundessa who was perceived as an activist for the Oromo ethnic group was shot dead while driving in Addis Ababa, leading to the unrest that has so far claimed close to 80 lives.

And despite the Ministry of Foreign Affairs CS Raychelle Omamo saying that Juma was in good health after a visit by a consular officer, the journalist was said to have developed health complications.

Abdulatif Elemo, one of the eight lawyers representing a group of over 30 suspects arrested during the skirmishes, said Juma was feeling ill and had developed a fever while in detention.

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