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Ethiopian court orders police to bring corruption charges
against 17 defendants including ex-deputy minister  

ADDIS ABABA, (Xinhua) -- The Ethiopian Federal High Court based in Addis Ababa on Wednesday ordered police to bring corruption charges against 17 defendants.        

Police had explained to the court that the delay in bringing charges against the defendants was because there are other suspects at large and it hasn’t finished forensic investigations on detained suspects.

Police had also asked for 14 day extension for further investigation on the suspects before it can bring corruption charges to court.

However the court declined the police request and ordered it to bring charges against the suspects in the next court date on September 22.

The 17 defendants including Alemyehu Gojo, ex-deputy minister of the Ethiopian Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation (MoFEC), were arrested in August as part of Ethiopia’s largest ever anti-corruption sweep.

The anti-corruption sweep has so far led to the arrest of 60 individuals including senior government officials, business-people and brokers.

The Ethiopian government has indicated that the large-scale anti-corruption investigation and arrest of high-profile individuals is part of its reform agenda, which was started at the end of 2016 following mass protests in various parts of the country.

The Ethiopian government has since then stressed bad governance and corruption among the major reasons for the preoccupations of the public that rocked the East African country back in late 2016.

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