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Ethiopian 'pro-democracy campaigner' Tadesse Kersmo charged with Terrorism


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An Ethiopian political campaigner has been charged with attending a terrorist training camp.

Tadesse Kersmo, 51, came to Britain as a refugee from Ethiopia, where he said he was persecuted because of his political views.

He was arrested at Heathrow Airport in January and will appear in court later today charged with attending a place used for terrorist training.

Scotland Yard said last night that Kersmo also faces eight counts of possession of articles containing information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.

Although the charges are often used to deal with ISIS-linked militants, Kersmo's alleged offences are not thought to be related to Islamist activity, The Times reported today.

Kersmo moved to Britain with his wife in 2009 and was granted asylum. He is understood to have since worked as a university lecturer and campaigned for Ethiopian pro-democracy opposition.

He later claimed his computer had been hacked in 2014, leading to a privacy charity launching a legal case against the Ethiopian government.

Kersmo will appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates' Court today.

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