Some 34 senior government officials, businesspersons and brokers who were detained last Tuesday on suspicion of corruption, appeared in court.
The charges were read out to them at the second criminal bench of the federal high court today. They are suspected of embezzling over 2 billion birr.
The suspects requested the court to grant them bail.
Police also asked the court for 14 days to collect additional evidences and the bail be denied to them, claiming that the suspects could hide documents if they are given bail.
The court granted the 14 days to police and adjourned the hearing for August 9, 2017.
Below is list of the suspects:
1. Engineer Fekade Haile - (Former Manager of Addis Ababa Roads Authority)
2. Engineer Ahmedin Buser- (Addis Ababa Roads Authority)
3. Engineer Wasihun Shiferaw - (Addis Ababa Roads Authority
4. Minash Levie – (Owner and Manager of Tihdar Construction Company)
5. Abdo Mohamed – (Ethiopian Roads Authority)
6. Bekele Nigusie - (Ethiopian Roads Authority)
7. Glaso Bure - (Ethiopian Roads Authority)
8. Yeneneh Asefa - (Ethiopian Roads Authority)
9. Assefa Baraki - (Ethiopian Roads Authority)
10. Gebreanania Tsadik - (Ethiopian Roads Authority)
11. Bekele Balcha - (Ethiopian Roads Authority)
12. Abebe Tesfaye - (Ethiopian Sugar Corporation)
13. Bililegn Tassew (Ethiopian Sugar Corporation)
14. Endalkachew Girma (Ethiopian Sugar Corporation)
15. Senait Worku (Ethiopian Sugar Corporation)
16. Ayalew Kebede (Ethiopian Sugar Corporation)
17. Belete Zelelew (Ethiopian Sugar Corporation)
18. Salem Kebede (Ethiopian Sugar Corporation)
19. Mesfin Melkamu (Ethiopian Sugar Corporation)
20. Mr Gi Yon (Manager of Chinese GGIEC contractor)
Ethiopian Airlines plans to buy 10 of Airbus SE’s newest A350 wide-body jets in a transaction worth more than 3 billion US dollars at advertised prices, according to people familiar with the plan.
Sub-Saharan Africa’s largest carrier already has an order for 12 -900 variants, though it has also been looking at the stretched -1000, as well as Boeing Co.’s rival 777-8, Chief Executive Officer Tewolde Gebremariam said last year.
Ethiopian Airlines wants more wide-body aircraft to help extend a hub-based business model that relies on transferring lucrative inter-continental travelers via its home base in Addis Ababa to and from destinations across Africa.
According to Bloomberg, the airline didn’t respond to repeated calls and emails seeking comment. A spokesman for Airbus said it doesn’t comment on discussions with customers.
Ethiopian is separately weighing an order for Bombardier Inc.’s Q400 turboprop and C Series single-aisle jet against models from Embraer SA, it said in May.