By Elias Meseret
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – Ethiopia announced on Monday the country's chief prosecutor arrested 63 intelligence officials, military personnel and businessmen in connection with alleged abuses and corruption allegations.
Recent high-profile arrests are the result of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's months-long investigation to investigate the mistakes made by the previous government.
Attorney General Berhanu Tsegaye told media that some of the detainees were suspected of abuse of prisoners, including "beatings, forced confessions, sodomies, rape, electric shock, and even murders".
Some of the detainees are charged with the misuse of the Metal and Engineering Company, a military-owned state-owned military company that has been sacked in a $ 1 billion corruption plan.
Berhanu also said Ethiopia's former spy chief was suspected of involving an attempt to assassinate the new prime minister on June 23rd. The former intelligence chief is now living in Northern Ethiopia, while other officials in the parliament fled the country. He said he had to hand him over to the authorities.
Yilikal Getnet, an opposition figure, told the Associated Press that the public demanded the arrest of former officials.
Edi These were the issues we've been looking for in the opposition for a long time, efet he said, adding that Ethiopia needs a truth and reconciliation process to investigate past mistakes. ”The ruling party alone cannot bring justice to all these past savages.“
According to the previous government, Ethiopia, a close security ally of the West, was accused of human rights violations by human rights activists. Since coming to power in April, the 42-year-old Abiy released the new government with several thousand political prisoners, allowed opposition groups to return to their homes, dropped charges of terrorism against opposition politicians, and allowed the media to operate more freely.
In spite of the reforms, ethnic-based clashes continue in some parts of Ethiopia and constitute the most serious threat to the leadership of this East African country of over 100 million people.
Amnesty International welcomed arrests.
Landır These arrests are an important first step to ensure the full responsibility of abuses that have misused the country for several decades, ğ said Amnesty International's East Africa Director, Joan Nyanyuki. Ind Many of these officials were at the helm of government institutions that violently violated human rights violations, such as the arbitrary detention of people, including torture and secret facilities. We call on the Prime Minister Abiy government to take further steps to ensure justice and accountability for all past human rights abuses and abuses, and at the same time to ensure that all those arrested are kept in a fair trial. "
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