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Thursday, November 17, 2005

New School Alumnus Faces Death Penalty

Berhanu Nega

NewBrainframes.org -- The Ethiopian government arrested Dr Nega and six other leaders of the political opposition (CUD) after a protest over election irregularities on 1 November, 2005 in which 46 people were killed, and hundreds were wounded.

Dr Nega and his colleagues are being held on charges of treason, which is punishable by death under Ethiopian law. Amnesty International regards them as prisoners of conscience, arrested solely for the non-violent expression of their political beliefs.

Dr. Nega received his Ph.D, from The New School in '91. He is a leading member of the CUD, Ethiopia's main opposition party. He is Mayor of Addis Ababa, has served as president of the Ethiopian Economic Association, founded the Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute, and served as a consultant for the UN Economic Commission for Africa.

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