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Federal court rules on bail for corruption and human rights abuse suspects

Following Prime Minister Abiy's appointment and his reform agenda, there has been an ongoing arrest of senior military figures, high-level intelligence personnel and their associates over alleged large-scale corruption cases and years of human rights abuse against dissidents and rebels. An arrest so far of more than 60 officials, mostly from Ethiopia’s intelligence and military apparatus, which started with the arrest of 40 on Friday November 9, has led to shocking revelations by the attorney general Berhanu Tsegaye of gruesome human rights violations of Ethiopians in the hands of the security, the police and the intelligence units. Suspects who were arrested during the crackdown led by the Attorney General have all appeared at the federal high court 10th criminal bench in the capital Addis Abeba for a pre-trial hearing. The court has denied some of the suspects the right to bail and has granted the police 7-14 days to remand and investigate all. It is known that Ethiopia’s crackdown against individuals suspected of high-level corruption and gross human rights violations began last month and has so far landed more than 65 in prison.