Federal Attorney General on Wednesday revealed the arrest of 81 suspects in connection with a deadly violence that killed dozens of innocent civilians on the outskirts of the Capital Addis Abeba.
The office also announced an arrest warrant on some 28 others who are said to be behind the deadly incident that rocked Burayu Town targeting ethnic minorities.
At least 23 people were confirmed dead by the government during the deadly attack on civilians in September 2018.
Thousands of others had left their homes as the attack drove residents to flee and seek refuge in schools, other public facilities across Addis Abeba.
The attack had also angered tens of thousands of residents of the capital, who flocked to national palace and the national broadcaster following the incident, calling for protection and security from the Ethiopian government.
Police are still searching 28 other suspects who are currently on hid, Federal Attorney General’s spokesperson said.
The office alsoconfirmed that it has issued a warrant for the arrest of the country’s former spy Chief GetachewAssefa.
There has been speculation that this could be in connection with human rights violations. Getachew was the head of the intelligence agency before Abiy Ahmed became prime minister.
PM Abiy has previously promised that officials who committed human rights violations would be held to account.
In parliament on Tuesday, Attorney General BirhanuTsegaye accused the Tigray regional authorities of hiding Getachew – who is of Tigrayan ethnicity.
Some ethnic Tigrayan politicians and activists accuse the government of targeting their group, a sentiment that might grow stronger with the news of the arrest warrant. (Daily monitor)