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