Ethiopia arrests ex deputy intelligence chief in corruption, rights crackdown

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By Aaron Maasho

ADDIS ABABA, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Ethiopia said on Thursday it had arrested the former deputy intelligence chief after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s administration launched a crackdown this week on senior security officials suspected of human rights abuses and corruption.

Also on Thursday, state-affiliated television Fana Broadcasting said police had arrested the head of the security division at state-owned Ethio Telecom network.

Since Monday more than 60 officials, some from the intelligence services and some from the military-run industrial conglomerate METEC, have been arrested. Some have already appeared in court. A judge has denied them bail and given police 14 days further to investigate. None have been charged.

Fana Broadcasting said Gudeta Olana, head of security at Ethio Telecom, had also been apprehended by police. It gave no reason for the arrest.

In a statement from the prime minister’s office on Thursday, Abiy warned against the “cancer” of corruption and human rights abuse in the Horn of Africa nation. “All the criminals will be revealed from where they are hiding,” he said.

The detentions have been broadly welcomed by rights groups and opposition politicians as a first step by Abiy towards fulfilling pledges made when he took office in April to tackle impunity and seek justice for past crimes by the government.

“Former deputy of NISS and Federal Police Commission Commissioner General Yared Zerihun has been apprehended by police,” Attorney General Berhanu Tsegaye said on Twitter early on Thursday.

He did not disclose details. Yared’s wife was arrested on Monday and sources told Reuters that she had been trying to hide him. Yared was appointed head of the federal police in April but resigned three months later.

 

The whereabouts of former intelligence chief Getachew Assefa are unknown, government sources say, and the attorney general declined at a news conference on Monday to say whether the government had issued an arrest warrant for him.

Tsegaye has said evidence showed “the senior leadership of the national security agency” had instructed members of Abiy’s Oromo ethnic group to attack him at a rally in June, in which two people were killed and scores wounded.

Analysts and diplomats are describing the arrests as a “full frontal assault on the establishment”. Though 42-year-old Abiy began sacking senior officials upon taking office, this week’s detentions have picked up the pace of his stated efforts to rein in the security services and tackle economic mismanagement and other problems.

Abiy is Ethiopia’s first leader from its majority Oromo ethnic group. He was chosen by the ruling coalition, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), as its new head after three years of street protests and strikes piled pressure on it to reform.

Kinfe Dagnew, a brigadier general in Ethiopia’s army and former chief executive of METEC, was arrested on Tuesday close to the border with Sudan and Eritrea. He is due in court on Thursday, after a brief hearing on Wednesday at which he requested a lawyer.

The attorney general has said that investigations uncovered corruption at METEC (Metal and Engineering Corporation), which makes military equipment and is involved in sectors from agriculture to construction.

In August, Ethiopia removed METEC from the $4 billion Grand Renaissance Dam project on the River Nile due to delays and failure to complete the installation of turbines.

“There’s clear evidence that these people at METEC committed sophisticated, high-level economic crime,” said Hallelujah Lulie, Addis Ababa-based programme director at the Amani Africa thinktank. “I don’t think he can reform the economy without addressing the issue of METEC,” he said, referring to Abiy.

14 COMMENTS

  1. Apparently TPLF thugs didn’t learn from derg. They copied everything the derg did and add their own hall mark, which is robing the country dry. I remember what the late monkey face dictator once told Beyene Petros. He summoned Beyene to the place he occupied undeservingly and said, “Beyene you are disturbing us. You see, the Amharas own every thing in this country. It is now our turn to have everything. Isn’t a Lada you are driving?”. The thugs institutionalized stealing.
    The Woyane thugs had a plan when they set their foot in our country. Their motto was , Rob rob baby “. Those who objected it would be killed. Bridge blowing and bank robing savage bandits were allowed, by the west, to enter the country and implement a system similar to to Cho dynasty of the 3rd century. Taking the property of others, robbing government institutions, money laundering, engaging in contraband, importing items without paying taxes and driving out legitimate tax payers out of business, taking government homes and record under people who just arrived from Dedebit pit, evict hard working Gurages from Merkato and give the spot to Tegadalyes, give loans to Tegadalyes without proper documentation and etc. anyone who objected their crimes was gi

    Do you know that Seyum Mesfin used to bring his wife to ministry of foreign Affairs and allow her to take language courses with diplomats? The bandits cared about nothing. They misused their position and destroyed many lives. They are serial killers. In the coming days and months, we will hear and see crimes that are similar to Pol Pot and other murderers. It is time to punish child killer savages one by one.

    The only good Woyane is a dead Woyane!

    • Apparently TPLF thugs didn’t learn from derg. They copied everything the derg did and add their own hall mark, which is robing the country dry. I remember what the late monkey face dictator once told Beyene Petros. He summoned Beyene to the place he occupied undeservingly and said, “Beyene you are disturbing us. You see, the Amharas own every thing in this country. It is now our turn to have everything. Isn’t a Lada you are driving?”. The thugs institutionalized stealing.
      The Woyane thugs had a plan when they set their foot in our country. Their motto was , Rob rob baby “. Those who objected it would be killed. Bridge blowing and bank robing savage bandits were allowed, by the west, to enter the country and implement a system similar to to Cho dynasty of the 3rd century. Taking the property of others, robbing government institutions, money laundering, engaging in contraband, importing items without paying taxes and driving out legitimate tax payers out of business, taking government homes and record under people who just arrived from Dedebit pit, evict hard working Gurages from Merkato and give the spot to Tegadalyes, give loans to Tegadalyes without proper documentation and etc. anyone who objected their crimes was gi

  2. This is extraordinary time!! Drip! Drip! Drip! It is great to see another molacha laeba bloodyhand criminal Woyane hanging his head down with shame!! More than anything else, I can’t wait to see more of the demon inspired inhumane mass torturers and mass murderers charged and pay for their unspeakable bone-chilling crimes — Justice for the millions of Ethiopian parents that have lost their children at the hands of the evildemented Woyanes!! Justice for that poor Amhara mother that was shot for being distraught when Woyanes killed her son!! Justice for that poor Oromo mother that was beaten on her son’s dead body!! Justice for that poor mother that lost two of her sons at the hands Agazi killer dogs right in front of her!!! THE 27 BLOODY YEARS HORRENDOUS CRIMES OF THE BLOODTHIRSTY TPLF ARE ENDLESS!!!
    THE BLOOD, TEARS AND SWEATS OF MILLIONS OF ETHIOPIANS WON’T GO IN VAIN — THANK YOU GOD!!!

    • Amhara & Oromo mothers? You left with 78 or so tribe mothers, kikikikikiki. Dumb comment, the very wrong with our country currently. People think tribally. Just stop commenting, better stop existing.

      • Amoraw,
        Read before you start to criticize!!!
        “…Justice for the millions of Ethiopian parents that have lost their children at the hands of the evildemented Woyanes!!”
        Only Woyanes like you take that statment as being a trabalist!!!

        The fact you said:
        “…the very wrong with our country CURRENTLY” — It shows that you are another remorseless angry Woyane that believes the last 27 bloody years had been heaven on earth!! LOL!

        Anyhow,
        Happy Thanksgiving to all fairminded Ethiopians that I love and respect, particularly Abebaw and the likes!!
        Take care everybody!!

  3. Not only the arrested individuals are guilty of corruption but they are also guilty of burning down foreign owned investments and blaming the protesters for it.They also partcipated in the genocide ethnic cleansing. The arrested individuals are also responsible for killing thousands of protestors. The security apparatus directly and indirectly participated in torching tourist resorts and foreign-owned factories.The crimes this few people committed is not comparable to any other criminals Ethiopians seen in history.

  4. We need to spend the money wisely now. Food is the most urgent need for Ethiopians. Sharon Gray Foundation train female scientists in molecular biology and genomics to help answer questions towards solving Ethiopian agricultural problems. Funds will be used for a scientific exchange program between UC Davis and the Ethiopian Agricultural Research Center (EIAR). Two researchers from EIAR will carry out a 6 week research internship to learn genomics methodologies and bioinformatic analysis in practical experiments that will further research programs at EIAR and foster collaborations between our two institutions.University of California, Davis officials say that Sharon Gray, a postdoctoral researcher in its plant biology department, died when the vehicle she was riding in was struck by rocks in Ethiopia but her work lives on.

    የ205 ግለሰቦችና ቤተሰቦቻቸው የባንክ ሒሳብ ታገደ
    (ኢሳት ዲሲ–ህዳር 6/2011) የፌደራል ፖሊስ የወንጀል ምርመራ ቢሮ የ205 ግለሰቦች የባንክ ሒሳብ እንዲታገድ አደረገ።
    ፌደራል ፖሊስ በቀድሞ የደህንነትና የመከላከያ ሰራዊት ከፍተኛ አመራሮችና ቤተሰቦቻቸው ስም የተከፈቱ የባንክ ሂሳቦች መረጃ እንዲሰጠው በጠየቀው ደብዳቤ በተጠርጣሪዎቹ ግለሰቦች ሚስትና ልጆቻቸው ስም የተከፈቱትን በዝርዝር ገልጿል።

    በሌብነት ወንጀል ተጠርጥረው የታሰሩ የሜቴክ ሃላፊዎች ሜጀር ጄነራል ክንፈ ዳኘውን ጨምሮ የ147 ሰዎች የባንክ ሂሳብ በሙስና ተጠርጠረው የባንክ ሂሳባቸው ሲታገድ የአቶ ጌታቸው አሰፋና የ57 ሰዎች የባንክ ሂሳብ ደግሞ ከሰብዓዊ መብት ጥሰት ጋር በተያያዘ አካውንታቸው እንዲታገድ ተደርጓል።
    አቶ ጌታቸው በእሳቸውና በሴት ልጃቸው የተከፈቱት የባንክ ሂሳቦች እንዲታገዱና መረጃ እንዲሰጥባቸው ከተጠየቀባቸው ግለሰቦች ዝርዝር ውስጥ ይገኛሉ።
    ለሁለት ቀናት ተሰውረው ትላንት የተያዙት የቀድሞ የፌደራል ፖሊስ ኮሚሽነር አቶ ያሬድ ዘሪሁን በአምስት ልጆቻቸውና ባለቤታቸው ስም የተከፈቱ የባንክ ሂሳቦቻቸው ጭምር መታገዱን ያገኘነው መረጃ ያመለክታል።
    ከ58ቱ በሰብዓዊ መብት ጥሰት ወንጀል ምክንያት ከታገዱ የባንክ ሂሳባች ከ40 በላይ የሚሆኑት በሚስት፣ በልጆችና በወንድም ስም የተከፈቱ መሆናቸው ተመልክቷል።
    በሌብነት ወንጀል ተጠርጥረው ሂሳባቸው እንዲዘጉ ከተደረጉት 147 የባንክ አካውንቶች ከ80 በላይ የሚሆኑትም በሚስትና ልጆች የተከፈቱ መሆናቸው ታውቋል።
    በጠቅላይ አቃቤ ህግ እንዲታገዱ ከተደረጉት የሜቴክና መከላከያ ከፍተኛ አዛዦች መካከል ሜጀር ጄኔራልጄ ክንፈ ድኘው፣ሜጀር ጄኔራል ብርሃነ ነጋሽ፡ ብርጋዴር ጄኔራል ጠና ቁሩንዲ፣ ብርጋዴ ጄኔራል ብርሃን በየነ፣ብርጋዴር ጄኔራል ሃድጎ ገብረ ጊዮርጊስ እንደሚገኙበት ተገልጿል።

  5. Good move; delightful to see his ilk leap frogging with handcuffs. Hoping to see more frog marching of other bigwig criminals and swindlers, who milked dry the public funds and murdered lot of innocent people over decades to follow soon. Remember also that accountibility and blame shouldn’t be limited to one one ethnic group or another. . It was a whole system which perpetrated the crimes and looting of public resources. But also let us not carried away by the raws emotions. Let us not forget to follow the rule of law and give fair trail to them, lest next generations miscue about justice dispensation procedures. Every one should be given right to be innocent untill proven otherwise and pays accordingly depending on magnitude of the crime and the level of complicity.

  6. Are we not going to another boring cycle ?
    We are tired of seeing when ever one one hypocrite leader come to power , imprisoning and killing all the previous leaders. Playing a very risky game at the expense of poor people.
    Many people dont understand how that will affect our economy and social ranking on international arena. Imprisoning a single higher hierarchy government officer, will eventually devastates the entire image of the country. It is not just about who he/ she is , it is about the confidence of foreign investors that makes them to think twice before putting their money in our soil. It is about stability and investor confidence, it is about eroding confidence of new officers who come to power, it is about trust and loyalty.
    We thought Abey got it. But, sounds he is too armature, not willing to learn from history and he is going to take us back to step zero even worse.
    Why dont we learn from civilized world, just simple example the USA. When the GOV take control of the upper and lower house, they dont imprison the democrats and when the democrats take control the upper and lower house they dont imprison nor kill the Republicans.
    What is happening in Ethiopia is just political and ethnic shit. When the Tigre come to power, targets the others and when the Oromo come to power , target the Tigrains. Then guess what next, when the Amhara come to power, they will do same thing on other ethnics. What kind of sickness is this? for how long are we contining like this? why are we wasting the resources and the golden time of our next generation?
    Please for God sake , release them,we dont need any crap in our country . It is just a drama played by Isayas and Egypts orchestrated by Abey, Demeke …etc. Just to destroy the grate economic transformations of Woyane. We need to move on the foundation laid by whoever did it and add up contributions to already existed achievements. We cant afford to destroy what was built and start afesh again. Time is too short, we need to move forward as quickly as possible and not wast our time and resources by destroying what was built.

  7. I also heard that notorious killer criminal, fraudster, know-nothing Woyane 6 grader of the so-called gen Gebre Dilla Asgedom was also frog marched with handcuffs and thrown in jail for good. Good riddance; his decade old brutalities and corruption and extortion activities within the country and cross the borders spans over decades. He was a true embodiment for a tale from rags to riches of the TPLF through corruption, extortion, killings and outright criminality. He was personified the most arrogan, cruelist and cunning woyane tribal cadre ever existed. How such poverty-stricken street kid, unlettered and woyane foot soldier rose to the rank of general and position of power or influence without any qualification in the first place is a big mystery itself.

  8. [ግመል ሰርቆ አጎንብሶ – አሁን በካቴና ሲታሰሩ ሳይሆን ድሮ ነበር አንገት መድፋት።]
    የሰብሃት – አለገና
    የአዜብ ጎላ – አለገና
    የአርከበ – አለገና
    የበረከት – አለገና
    የHD – አለገና
    አለገና ገና አለ ገና።
    የወያኔ ቤተ-ዘመዱ፣
    ይለያል ጉዱ።

    ወይ ዘንድሮ፣ ምን ድንቅ ዓመት አደረስኸን – ተመስገን አምላካ።

  9. TPLF ካገራችን መታገድ አለበት ማን ታሥሮ ማን ይቀራል ይህ የሌባ ቡድን ተባብሮ ነው ህዝባችንና አገራችን ቀን ከለሊት የዘረፈው ሁሉም አንድ ናቸው እነኝህ ጅቦች ህዝባችንን የበሉ አሥፀያፊዎች። ጭቅላት የሌላቸው በጉራ በውሸት የተወጠሩ ወበዴዎች ኢቲዮጲያዊነታቸው ሥልጣን ሢይዙና አገር ሢዘርፉ ነው። ነፃእንወጣለን ማን ያዛቸው እኛ የምፈልገው በግፍ ህዝባችንን ጨርሠው የተወሠደ መሬታችን ነው። ማን ኢትዮጵያዊ ሁኑ ብሎ አሥገደዳቸው ምድረ የቀንጅብ ባለጌ ወድን ሢደፍሩ የማያፍሩ ዝቃጮች።

  10. NAZRET.COM.

    Thank you for cleaning the house!!! Now, people can have healthy discussion in here. This feels nice and clean. Thanks again

  11. እኔ እኮ የሚገርመኝ የወያኔ ድርቅና ነው:: ዘመኑ እኮ 2011 ነው:: እነሱ ሲወሩን 1983 ነበር:: እንዳሁኑ ሶሻል ሚድያ ኖር ቢሆን አዲስ አበባን አይረግጡዋትም ነበር:: አይናችሁን ጨፍኑ ላሙኛችሁ ድሮ ቀረ:: አገር በምርቃና አይመራም:: ወያኔ ኢትዮጵያን እና ህዝቦችን እልህ መወጫ እና መለማመጃ ነው ያደረጋት:: ፖለቲከኛ ነገር ሲሞትና ሲድን አይገባውም ብለዋል ጠቅላዩ:: ደግሞ አሜሪካ እንዲህ አይደረግም አሜሪካ እንዲህ ይደረጋል ስትልና ስታወዳድር አታፍርም:: በመጀመሪያ እዛ ከመድረስህ በፊት አሜሪካን በገዛ ዜጎቹ ላይ እንደዚህ አይነት አረመኔያዊ ድርጊት አይፈጽሙም:: አይን አውጣ ናችሁ መቼም::
    ወያኔ በዓለም የሽብርተኞች ዝርዝርውስጥ መግባት እለበት:: ይህ የኢትዮጵያ ሕዝብ ቀጣይ ሥራ ነው::

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