Corruption suspects appear in Court

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De Birhan

May 13, 2013

All the 25 suspects: Ethiopian government officials and investors have appeared before the Federal High Court Second Criminal Bench today. The cases are being seen under three files : 9 under Melaku Fenta’s file, 11 under Gebrewahid Woldegiorgis’ and six under the staff of Nazreth Customs. The hearing will continue tomorrow.

Dr. Fikru Maru, a Swedish resident, accomplished cardiologist, investor and owner of Addis Cardiac Hospital has also been apprehended suspected of “corruption favors and links with Melaku Fenta”.

Similarly, Tesmesgen Gulelat, Nazreth Customs Legal Head has been caught on the run in the Gambella-Sudan Border, State media reported.

State TV was also presenting the views of people on the recent arrests and most people boldly said ” the arrests should continue and all officials whose wealth has been registered by FACC should be apprehended”.

Deviant from its trend, ETV aired such  quoting a comment on social media ” The arrests are political. When EPRDF wants to arrest people, it arrests them on the allegations of corruption”.

On the other hand, last night a Federal Police officer has shot around 12 civilians to death in Bahir Dar City of Northern Ethiopia.

Police are said to be looking for the suspect who managed to escape by jumping into Chorechora river.

The Amharic version of the Court reporting reads…

——- በዚህ መዝገብ የቀረቡት ተከሳሾች ከተከሰሱባቸው ወንጀሎች መካከል ቀረጥና ታክስ ማጭበርበር፣ አራጣ በማበደር የተከሰሱ ግለሰቦችን ክስ ስልጣንን በመጠቀም እንዲቋረጥ ማድረግና በዚህም ያልተገባ ሀብት መሰብሰብ ይገኝበታል፡፡

የአንደኛው ተጠርጣሪ የአቶ መላኩ ፋንታ ጠበቃ ደንበኛቸው በዋስ ለመለቀቅ ያስችሏቸዋል ያሏቸውን ማስረጃዎች ለፍርድ ቤቱ በቃል አቅርበዋል።

ሀሳቡን ያደመጠው ፍርድ ቤትም በጊዜ ቀጠሮው ላይ ውሳኔ ለማሳለፍ ለነገ ስምንት ሰዓት ቀጠሮ ይዟል።

በተመሳሳይ በነገብረዋህድ ገብረ ጊዮርጊስ የክስ መዝገብ ተጠርጣሪዎችንና የአቃቢ ህግ መከራከሪያን ያደመጠ ሲሆን መደበኛ የስራ ሰዓት በመጠናቀቁ በጊዜ ቀጠሮው ላይ ውሳኔ ለመስጠት ለነገ ቀጠሮ ይዟል።

በዚህ መዝገብ የተከሰሱት ተጠርጣሪዎች ከተከሰሱባቸው ወንጀሎች መካከል ወደ አገር ውስጥ እንዳይገባ የተከለከለ ሲሚንቶ እንዲገባ ማድረግ፣ በኮንትሮባንድ ንግድ የተሰማሩ ግለሰቦችን ማገዝ፣ ከተጠርጣሪዎች መካከል የሁለቱን ክስ የሚደግፉ ሰነዶችን ማሸሽ ይገኝበታል።

በሶስተኛው የክስ መዝገብ የሚገኙ ስድስት ተጠርጣሪዎች ደግሞ የናዝሬት ጉምሩክ ቅርንጫፍ ባልደረቦች ሲሆኑ ከተከሰሱባቸው ወንጀሎች መካከል በኮንትሮባንድ የተለያዩ እቃዎች ወደ አገር ውስጥ እንዲገቡ ማድረግና ያልተገባ ሀብት መሰብሰብ ይገኝበታል።