More Than 2000 Who Instigated Violence Still at Large - Ethiopian Official

By Staff Reporter

Attorney-GeneralSeptember 25, 2019 ( -- The office of the Attorney General of Ethiopia has announced that 667 people who were allegedly involved in instigating violence in different parts of the country are still at large.

In a briefing on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, the Director-General in the attorney general office Fikadu Seme said the suspects were accused of creating violence which claimed the lives of over 1000 people and wounded 1363 others in different parts of the country.

According to the Director-General, 2,290,490,145 Ethiopian birr worth of properties were damaged or looted during the persistent violence which left 1,240,000 people displaced.

The suspects were also charged with killing attempts on 19 senior government officials, the Director said

According to the Director-General, out of the total of 1,323 suspects, police have managed to arrest 645 suspects who are currently being investigated in regional and federal courts while the 667 suspects are still at large.

Police are still hunting down another 1,462 suspects who are accused of instigating violence in Jawi district, Metekel zone of Gondar and surrounding areas, as well as in semien shewa of Amhara refional state.

The suspects also include those individuals involved in the killings of and displacement of people in Kamashi zone of the Benishangul Gumuz and neighboring oromia regional ststes.

A total of 1,647 suspects have been identified and the necessary human and material evidences against all of them have been produced. However, only 185 suspects have been arrested while 1,462 suspects are still at large.

The Director went on saying that the police has limitations with tracking down the remaining suspects.

The government has not disclosed the whereabouts of people who were involved in the killing of more than 50 people and wounding many others last year in Burayu town of Oromia region, about 15 km west of Addis Ababa.

Those perpetrators who instigated violence in Kamashi zone of Benishangul Gumuz regional state where over 60 people were killed have also not been disclosed. Such delays, ommissions and selective focus in serving justice is eroding public’s confidence on the government’s ability to ensure that law and order prevails across the country.

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