Ethiopia arrests security head of state-owned telecom company

Source: Xinhua| 2018-11-15 23:44:32|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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ADDIS ABABA, Nov. 15 (Xinhua) -- Ethiopian police has arrested Gudeta Olana, Head of Security Division at Ethiopia Telecom, state affiliated media outlet Fana Broadcasting Corporate (FBC) reported on Thursday.

Olana is accused of intimidating and obstructing investigators probing alleged corrupt practices at the military-linked business conglomerate Metal Engineering Corporation (MeTEC), reported FBC.

On Tuesday, Ethiopian security forces arrested the ex-chief of MeTEC, Kinfe Dagnew on corruption charges.

Dagnew had resigned from MeTEC in April amid allegations of widespread corrupt practices.

The arrest of Dagnew and Olana comes soon after the Ethiopia Attorney General Berhanu Tsegaye said the east African country is launching a massive probe into corrupt practices at MeTEC.

On Monday in a press conference held in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, Tsegaye said MeTEC which is building several mega infrastructure projects, is suspected of being responsible for massive corrupt practices between 2011 and 2017.

"MeTEC officials and civilians close to them were involved in the illicit purchases of plane, ships, cranes and other equipment and pocketed a portion of the purchased money." said Tsegaye.