Verdict Reversal Lets Yonas Out of Jail



The Federal High Court 12th Appellate Bench freed Yonas Kassahun, an Ethiopian Diaspora from Germany, from jail, amending the ruling of the Federal First Instance Court. The reversal reduced the two-year sentence to six months with suspension.

It was on October 22, 2014, that the First Instance Court passed a verdict in favor of Akiko Seyoum, a businesswoman, and sentenced Yonas to two years in prison, in addition to a 5,000 Br fine, for damages of a cyber-crime he was found guilty of committing against Akiko. The damages he was found guilty of relate to stealing and damaging data from Akiko.

But on Tuesday, January 6, 2014, the High Court amended the lower court’s ruling saying that Yonas only committed the crime of taking Akiko’s data from her email inbox and notwithstanding the damages, sentenced him to six months imprisonment with suspension, which finally let him free after he was imprisoned for three months.


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