Ethiopian pilot who hijacked plane sentenced to 20 years in jail

March 20, 2015 5:28 PM

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ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - An Ethiopian court sentenced an Ethiopian Airlines pilot to 19 years and six months in prison on Friday for hijacking his own plane and flying it to Geneva, more than a year after he surrendered to Swiss police and sought asylum.

The high court in Addis Ababa issued its ruling on Hailemedhin Abera Tegegn in his absence. He had been convicted in absentia on Monday.

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