Former head of Ethiopian intelligence charged in absentia

May 7, 2019 21:55
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The former head of Ethiopia's intelligence service was charged in absentia on Tuesday with misuse of power and corruption, part of an ongoing crackdown by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's government on senior security officials suspected of human rights abuses.

Details of the two charges against Getachew Asefa, former head of the National Intelligence and Security Service, and 25 other defendants ran to 106 pages.
Getachew is accused of torture, causing deaths during interrogations and detaining members of opposition groups - at a time when they were labeled terrorist groups and banned under the previous government.

Four of those charged, including Getachew, are missing; the charge sheet says they are hiding in the Tigray region. The rest are in custody.

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