AN ETHIOPIAN opposition leader is being held on terror charges after holding talks with European Union bosses.
Women in the troubled Oromiya region of Ethiopia
Merera Gudina is in custody and an investigation is currently taking place
Ethiopian security official
“Police arrested him in his house the same day in the evening. We haven’t been given reasons behind his arrest.”
Ethiopian security officials said Mr Gudina had violated guidelines “by making contact with terrorist groups” during his visit to Brussels.
They said: “Given this violation, Merera Gudina is in custody and an investigation is currently taking place.”
Villagers in Ethiopia’s troubled Oromiya region
Demonstrations were initially triggered by anger over a development scheme that opponents said would force farmers off their land.
Foreign firms have often been leased land by the government that locals say was seized from them for little compensation and sold on at great profit.
Merera Gudina was arrested on terror charges after a trip to Brussels
Opposition parties failed to secure a single seat in parliament in the last elections in 2015.