23 Dec 2009

Death sentences ordered for 'plotters'

11:04 am on 23 December 2009

Five leaders of a banned opposition group in Ethiopia have been sentenced to death for plotting to kill senior government officials.

Other members of the 'Ginbot Seven' group were given life sentences in prison by the Federal High Court.

The BBC reports they were all arrested in April after Ethiopian authorities announced they had foiled a coup attempt.

Weapons, including land mines, were said to have been found at the men's homes.

Lawyers for the defence said they would appeal.

'Ginbot Seven' is named after the date of the 2005 elections, which Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's party won, but which the opposition said was rigged.