Ethiopia Detains 63 on Suspicion of Human Rights Abuse, Corruption

Addis Ababa. November12, 2018 – Ethiopian government has arrested at least 63 senior officials on suspicion of human rights violation and corruption crimes during the past two decades.

Attorney General Berhanu Tsegaye told local journalists today that 36 of the suspects were detained in connection with human rights violation and the remaining 27 with corruption.

The Attorney General said the office has been gathering evidences for the past five months.

Berhanu said the suspects have committed gross violation of human rights, including torture, rape and other barbaric acts in seven secret prisons in the capital and other prisons in different parts of the country.

Disclosing about the investigation carried out in the Metals and Engineering Corporation (METEC), the Attorney General claimed that 37 billion birr illegal procurement was made.

The corporation has allegedly committed both foreign and domestic purchases without issuing tenders. Among the purchases were ships and airplanes.

METEC purchased five airplanes that were 50 years old, Berhanu stated, adding that and one of the airplanes has not yet been located.

He added some suspects are at large and being hunted.

According to him, some of the criminals have left the country and Ethiopia is working with the countries to bring them to justice.

Berhanu pointed out that “some of the countries have shown willingness to hand over the criminals accused of violation of human rights which is a universal right.”

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