3 employees of the National Intelligence and Security Service who were accused of corruption

3 employees of the National Intelligence and Security Service who were accused of corruption were sentenced 3 individuals, including Tesfaye Deme, Director of Construction and Logistics of the National Intelligence and Security Service, who were accused of corruption in connection with the purchase of cement, were sentenced. Regarding the sentence given by the court, a copy of the decision was requested by the prosecutor to file an appeal. The Ministry of Justice’s Directorate of Corruption Crimes, in the name of the National Intelligence and Security Service, accused four employees, including the Director of Construction and Logistics of the National Intelligence and Security Institute, of buying 29,200 quintals of cement from two factories and selling them to individuals, causing more than 30 million birr to the government. In the trial held in 2015, he was charged with the serious crime of abuse of power as a participant in the main crime. In the letters written by the defendants on behalf of the service without any intention to buy, the prosecutor mentioned that they bought a total of 29 thousand 200 quintals of cement from Dangote and Derba cement factories and sold them on the market without bringing any income to the institution. Following the affidavit of the defendants who said that they did not commit the crime after receiving the charges and hearing the case, the prosecutor presented three witnesses and related documents that they said would explain the commission of the crime. The 3rd Division of the Federal High Court examined the testimony of the Corruption Trial Court and ruled that the defendants should defend themselves under the articles of accusation. However, the court, which examined the defense evidence presented by the defendants on different days, found the 1st defendant, Ato Tesfaye Deme, the Director of Construction and Logistics of the National Intelligence and Security Service Institute, Tujba Kalbesa and Mustafa Musan, who are said to be purchasing experts at the institution, to be guilty according to subsection 1 of the decree. Ato Ashenafi Tesfaye, the head of the construction and logistics purchase finance department of the institution, who had previously been charged with the case and who had been ordered to defend themselves at the trial, acquitted them saying that they had properly defended the prosecution’s evidence. The court examined the opinions of both the left and the right about mitigation and punishment and decided to sentence the 1st accused to 2 years and 6 months of rigorous imprisonment and the rest of the accused to be sentenced to 1 year and 6 months of imprisonment. The prosecutor filed a case that the government had lost more than 30 million birr due to the illegal purchase of 29 thousand 200 quintals of cement from two factories, but the trial took only the amount of money that each of them received a benefit of 700 thousand birr for the purpose of punishment. In this way, it has been learned that the prosecutor has requested a copy of the sentence given by the court and the verdict in which the 2nd defendant was acquitted.

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