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An Ethiopian court has declared Swedish photojournalist Johan Persson and reporter Martin Schibbye guilty of supporting terrorism and entering the country illegally, according to an AFP report. “Guilty as charged, period, unanimous vote,” the judge declared, according to the AFP story. The judge added that just because Persson and Schibbye are journalists doesn’t mean they didn’t engage in “criminal acts.” “They have not been able to prove that they did not support terrorism,” the judge reportedly said. Prosecutors are calling for 18-year jail terms, and sentencing is scheduled for December 27.