Ethiopia delays appeal of jailed blogger, opposition leader

ADDIS ABABA - An Ethiopian court on Friday delayed again the appeal of blogger Eskinder Nega and opposition leader Andualem Arage, who were jailed last year for terror-related offences.

Judge Belachew Anshiso said that more time was needed as he wanted to "review the case in detail", setting a new date of March 27 for the hearing.

Eskinder and Andualem were among 24 people jailed last year on terror-related charges. Both men are accused of having links to the outlawed opposition group Ginbot 7.

Eskinder was jailed for 18 years, while Andualem was sentenced to life.

Both appeared in court wearing suits and sandals, smiling and waving at family and friends.

Rights groups have called Ethiopia's anti-terrorism legislation vague and accuse the government of using the law to stifle peaceful dissent.