7 July 2013

Ethiopia: Prosecutor, Policeman Caught Red-Handed While Receiving Bribe

A prosecutor with the Ministry of Justice and an Police Investigator of the Police Department of the Nifas Silk Lafto District were caught red-handed while receiving 10,000 Br in bribes on June 20, 2013 in exchange for a promise to suspend the prosecution of three defendants who had been charged with theft.

According to the press release from the Federal Ethics & Anti-Corruption Commission (FEACC), which made the arrest, the arrestees demanded a bribe of 15,000 Br at first for the suspension of the three defendant's prosecution but then negotiated over the amount and settled for 10,000Br.

The money was to be split between the two bribers in such a way that the prosecutor would receive 8,000 Br of the total with the remainder to go to the police man, said the Commission.

The prosecutor didn't want to receive the money directly from the defendants. Instead, he demanded that the money be deposited at a certain cafeteria so that he could take it from there, according to the press release. He was caught red-handed while picking up the money from the cafeteria in accordance with the arrangement made.

The Commission said that it would soon press charges against the two suspects, as it has finalized the investigation of the case.

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