Ethiopia arrests 63 suspected of rights abuses, corruption

November 12, 2018 - 10:53 am

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's attorney general says authorities have arrested 63 intelligence officials, military personnel and businesspeople on allegations of rights violations and corruption.

Attorney General Berhanu Tsegaye told the media that some of those arrested are suspected of abuses of prisoners including beatings, forced confessions, sodomy, rape, electrocution and even killings.

He said some of those arrested are accused of mismanaging a state-owned military corporation, the Metal and Engineering Corporation, that was looted in a multi-billion dollar corruption scheme.

The sweeping high-profile arrests carried out in recent days are a result of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's order for a months-long investigation into misdoings under the previous government.

Since Abiy came to power in April has carried out wide-ranging reforms including releasing several thousand political prisoners.

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