Prosecutors of the Federal Attorney General charged former officials of the Ethiopian Shipping and Logistics Services Enterprise (ESLSE) for alleged damages amounting to more than 80 million birr. The alleged damages are connected with the purchases of vessels, trucks and containers.
The officials charged are Mesfin Tefera, Sisay Abaferda, Siraj Abdullahi, Desalegn Gebrehiwot, Tenager Yismaw, Chief Engineer Alemu Ambaye and Samuel Melaku.
Mesfin and Sisay were charged for allegedly causing damages of more than 7.5 million birr while purchasing trucks and Siraj was charged for allegedly causing the damages of more than 12 million Djiboutian Francs in relation to the purchase of vessels. Chief Engineer Alemu was charged for allegedly causing damages of more than 65 million birr in the purchasing process of containers.
Charges were also brought up against Solomon Legesse and Tesfaye Amare, officials that did not appear before court. The court ordered the Federal Police to detain and bring them before court.
The court also ruled that the charges brought against the officials prohibit their right to bail and ordered their stay in prison until November 24, 2017.