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Ethiopian Police Arrest Muslim Leaders After Unrest in Capital

July 20, 2012

Ethiopian police yesterday arrested an unspecified number of Muslim leaders involved in last week’s unrest in the capital, Addis Ababa, Communications Minister Bereket Simom said.

“Those arrested are people who instigated the violence,” he said by phone from the city today. “They were trying to undermine the constitution under the guise of religion.”

The arrest of a “self-appointed” committee from Awalia Mosque in Addis Ababa and others was made after obtaining a court order, Bereket said. He declined to say how many people had been detained.

The mobile-phone of Ahmedin Jebel, a spokesman for the committee, was switched off when Bloomberg called seeking comment today.

To contact the reporter on this story: William Davison in Addis Ababa via Nairobi at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin in Johannesburg at

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