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We are prisoners of war - Bereket Simon

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. Last month it was reported that Ato Bereket Simon, a politician who is a former communication minister and Ato Tadesse Kassa, member of the Amhara Democratic Party were arrested suspected of corruption. Ato Bereket has been detained in Bahir Dar city awaiting trial for misappropriated funds in the TIRET Corporate. The corporate established in 1985 is an endowment organization registered in Amhara National Regional State. Ato Bereket appeared in court for his trial yesterday in Bahir Dar. During the last session, the court had granted the prosecution team additional time for further investigation. After presenting their findings, the prosecution requested for an additional 14 days to collect more evidence from audit reports. However, the defense team objected the request and asked for bail. After listening to both sides, the court granted the prosecution an additional 8 days and declined the defense team’s request for bail as it is against Ethiopia’s criminal code to grant bail for suspects charged with corruption allegations. the highlight of the session was Ato Bereket's passive remark.