An Ethiopian justice of cassation has pronounced it will hear a interest of an Evangelical Christian condemned to 7 months in jail for “causing snub to eremite assent and feeling”.
The interest conference is scheduled for 9 May and follows a rejecting of a previous appeal by a reduce court.
The cassation justice in Wolaita Zonal Administration, 300km south of a collateral Addis Ababa, also systematic a authorities in a southern city of Arba Minch to recover Temesgen Mitiku Mezemir on bail.
Mezemir, 24, a personality of an Evangelical brotherhood group, was found guilty in Feb of defaming a tabot, a reproduction of a Ark of a Covenant dedicated to Orthodox Christians.
World Watch Monitor understands a charges opposite him were brought by members of a accepted Ethiopian Orthodox Church (EOC), to that only underneath half of Ethiopia’s race belongs.
The EOC is a pitch of Ethiopian inhabitant temperament and a leaders play a distinguished purpose in state and eremite affairs. However family between a EOC and a fast-growing Evangelical churches are mostly strained, characterised by mutual suspicion.
Arba Minch lies in an ethnically different partial of Ethiopia famous as a Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Region. Between 1994 and 2007 a suit of Protestants there jumped from 35 per cent to 55 per cent, while a suit of Orthodox Christians fell from 27 per cent to 20 per cent.
Mezemir was charged on 23 Jan after revelation EOC members to review Orthodox accounts of a tabot with information about a Ark of a Covenant on a Internet.
He denied that by downloading a design of a tabot he had dictated to insult a EOC, and explained that he had downloaded it for reference, display a website from that he had sourced it. There is no law in Ethiopia opposite possessing or pity such photos.
Local Evangelicals voiced regard during Mezemir’s sentence, arguing that it set a fashion whereby anyone could move ungrounded accusations opposite Evangelicals with impunity. They also voiced regard that a legal routine was wrought with irregularities.
One member of Mezemir’s brotherhood organisation told World Watch Monitor that a weeks heading adult to a justice box had been noted by several aroused incidents for that he believed members of a EOC were responsible.