15 April 2018

Ethiopia: Nega, Gebreselassie Off Prison After Five Years

Nega G.Egziabher, a major shareholder of Nesta Trading, and Gebreselassie Hailemariam, a.k.a Aleqa Gebreselassie were released from prison on bail right after fighting a corruption charge for almost five years.

The two were among the 24 others charged with corruption along with Melaku Fenta, former director general of the Ethiopian Revenues & Customs Authority (ERCA).

The Prison Administration released them with an international travel ban and 750,000 Br and half a million Birr bail bonds, respectively for Nega and Gebrselassie.

Even though Gebrselassie was released early morning on April 11, 2018, Nega stayed for additional hours as immigration wrongly wrote his name with a doctor prefix. Nega, a father of 12, was freed late in the evening.

The Court will give a final verdict on the case during its next court session to be held on May 2, 2018.

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