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Mahlet Fasil

Addis Abeba, April 12/2019 –  The federal Attorney General Berhanu Tsegaye told local media today that the police have detained 59 individuals suspected of embezzling millions from three public institutions. He also said individuals suspected of plotting terror attacks were detained in the last two weeks.

According to Berhanu, as a result of three months investigations, 59 individuals, including government officials and businesses, were arrested on suspicion of grand corruption involving millions of dollars. The government officials are former officials from the Ethiopian water Works Construction Enterprise, (WWCE), Public Procurement & Property Disposal Service and Pharmaceuticals Fund and Supply Agency.

The corruption allegations involving WWCE officials is related to the embezzlement of 55 million birr (approximately US$2.3 million) of public funds during the procurement of reinforcing bar, while former officials from Public Procurement & Property Disposal Service involves allegations of embezzlement worth more than US$ 23.7 million during the procurement of 400 metric tonnes of wheat.

Among the suspects include former director general of Public Procurement &…

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