Melaku Fenta et al prosecutors granted 30 days to respond to charge objections

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Addis Ababa, February 18 (WIC) – The Federal High Court has granted prosecutors of the Federal Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission 30 days to respond to objections to the charges filed against Melaku Fenta et al.

Prosecutors requested a three months time to respond to bulky written objections filed by the 66 defendants charged in three separate files.

The prosecution’s request was objected by lawyers representing the defendants arguig that a three months period is too lengthy and would hamper the interest of their clients who remain in custody.

The court reduced the prosecutors’ request to a month adjourning the case to March 18, 2014.

Melaku, former director general of the Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority (ERCA), and his former deputy Gebrewahid Gebretsadik were arested in May last year along with high profile businessmen in a massive corruption sweep.

The defendants are facing grand corruption, tax evasion and money laundering charges among others.