In a dramatic move by the country’s anti-graft body, the Federal Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (FEACC), Melaku Fanta, Director General of the Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority and his deputy Gebrewahed Woldegiorgis (both pictured here) were arrested along with 22 people including two prominent businesspeople – Semachew Kede, owner of Intercontinental Hotel and Ketema Kebede, owner of KK Trading Plc – and senior and junior customs officials both from Addis Ababa and Nazareth, 100 kms South of Addis Ababa, and charged with grand corruption. On Tuesday May 13th a federal court in the capital started hearing the charges by the FEACC prosecutors who requested an additional 14 days for further investigations.

Addis Standard is working on an in depth story for its upcoming edition due the first of June 2013.

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