ADDIS ABABA, (Xinhua) --
The Ethiopia Federal First Instance Court based
in Addis Ababa on Tuesday granted bail to 11 police officers
accused of negligence in a June 23 bomb attack.
The bomb attack at a
mass rally held in support of reformist Ethiopian Prime Minister
Abiy Ahmed left two people dead and more than 50 injured.
The 11 police
officers which include Girma Kassa, Deputy Head of Addis Ababa
Police Commission, are accused of security lapses which allowed
the bomb attack to happen.
The police officers
were granted bail with amounts ranging from 220 U.S. dollars to
550 U.S. dollars.
government has so far refrained from mentioning specific
organizations it suspects of being behind the June 23 bomb
attack, although five civilians are currently on trial charged
with direct involvement in the bomb attack
The June 23 mass
rally, which was held in Addis Ababa and other major cities
across the Ethiopia, was organized to give credit to the various
activities taken by the Ahmed administration.
Ahmed, who took the
prime minister position in April, has made various decisions
that mainly aimed to bring about peace and unity among ethnic
groups in the country.