Ethiopia jails 20 Muslims accused of pursuing Sharia State

An Ethiopian court has sentenced 20 Muslims to prison after they were found guilty of trying to establish a state ruled by Sharia law and inciting violence. They were charged under Ethiopia’s anti-terrorism law and convicted last month. All but one received prison terms of five and a half years. Two were journalists working for a Muslim radio station. The 20 defendants also were found to be “participating in a movement to secure the release of another Muslim group that was under detention.” Muslims have long felt marginalized in Ethiopia and have carried out a number of protests since 2011.