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A military court in Ethiopia has sentenced 66 soldiers to between five and 14 years in prison for marching on the residence of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in October.
The government said the soldiers were asking for a pay rise but Mr Abiy later insisted they had wanted to kill him.
“These sentences delivered today will serve as lessons,” prosecutor Cap Hailemariam Mamo told reporters.
The defendants’ lawyer said he would lodge appeals for a few suspects.
One defendant was sentenced to 14 years in prison, while 65 others were given jail terms ranging from five to 13 years, for “violation of military ethics”, Col Meshesha Areda, head of the military tribunals directorate, said quoted by Reuters news agency.

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