Ex intelligence chief pleads not guilty

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Addis Ababa, 15 March 2014 (WIC) – Woldesilassie Woldemichael, former internal intelligence head, pleads not guilty to corruption charges.
Woldesilassie and three other defendants on Friday entered a plea of not guilty to the ammended charges filed by the Federal Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission prosecutors.
The Federal High Court 15th Criminal Bench, where the case is being handled, has adjourned the case for May 8, 2014 for a hearing. Proseuctors said they would present ten witnesses during the hearing.
The charges contain eleven counts of abuse of power, tax evasion and money laundering offences.
Woldesillassie is charged alongside his sister Terhas, brother Zerai and close friend Derir Kebede.
This is not the only criminal charge the former intelligence chief is currently facing. He is charged along with high profile government officials including Melaku Fenta, former director general of ERCA, and prominent businessmen in a grand corruption.