Journalist Amir Aman Kiyaro, who had been imprisoned for four months without charges, was on Thursday released on bail by the upheld order of Ethiopia’s Supreme Court.
The court dismissed the appeal by police to block his bail. Earlier this week, a lower court granted the police appeal against bail for Kiyaro, an Ethiopian video journalist accredited to The Associated Press.
The ruling said Kiyaro should be freed on bail while prosecutors determine whether or not to press charges against him.
Kiyaro, 30, was detained on November 28 in Addis Ababa under the country’s war-related state of emergency powers for interviewing the officials of a government classified terrorist group.
“We are relieved that journalist Amir Aman Kiyaro has again been granted bail,” Julie Pace, the AP’s executive editor, said. “However, Ethiopian authorities continue their investigation against him. We urge the Ethiopian authorities to drop their baseless investigation against Amir, an independent journalist targeted for his work.”
Ethiopia’s Supreme Court also ruled that local journalist Thomas Engida who was arrested at the same time and faces similar charges should be released on bail.