The Daily Monitor (Addis Ababa)

18 August 2005

Ethiopia: Commando Division Officer Dupes 1.2 Mil. Br.

Addis Ababa — An elite commando division officer of the Ethiopian Defense Force allegedly made off with 1.2 million Birr, entrusted to him for military operations expenditure, police sources told The Daily Monitor.

Lieutenant Dereje Legede had been serving the elite Ageazi Division, of the Ethiopian army. The division is a highly trained combat unit that is reputed for a glorious performance in Ethio-Eritrean war.

The suspect was head of administration and finance of a brigade with in the division.

The brigade was reportedly stationed in Addis Ababa as a Rapid Reaction Force (RRF) for the last three months where the lieutenant was said to be handling the brigade's logistic.

The lieutenant had reportedly disappeared from his line of duty as of last week.

Ministry of Defense had set up its own investigation team and is digging up for clues at the division's headquarter in Shashemene, 250 Kms from Addis Ababa.

Lieutenant Dereje allegedly duped 1,274,739 Birr from his brigade.

Similarly, the Federal Police Commission had interrogated the wife of the suspect, Kedija Suleiman, since she had allegedly attempted to pack her belongings and disappear from their house.

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