Former head of intelligence was fugitive when Ethiopia issued arrest warrant

Intelligence Chief _ Getachew Assefa
Source: SM

August 21,2018

Since the Executive Committee of the ruling coalition (EPRDF) 36 (it is the party's highest government body) continues its meeting for a second day, today it is reported that an arrest warrant has been issued on Getachew Assefa.

For many years he was head of the National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) until he was expelled from office months after the ruling coalition Abiy Ahmed had elected prime minister.

In a news report that is in the news today, the US-based Ethiopian Satellite Television (ESAT) quoted sources to state that Getachew Assefa is not present at the EPRDF executive committee meeting and has left the country.

ESAT added that the former intelligence officer spent about a month at the hotel in Mekelle, which was not mentioned before he fled the country to Sudan.

Some members of Tigray regional police have reportedly made their escape possible. Yet the source did not publish further details on how and when he fled Ethiopia.

The report also concluded that his relatives would leave Ethiopia earlier.

Getachew Assefa, one of the nine executive members of Tigray People & # 39; s Liberation Front (TPLF) and member of the Executive Committee of EPRDF, is involved in numerous serious crimes including ethnic violence in various parts of Ethiopia.

On July 31, approximately 45 federal police members were detained on arrival at Mekelle International Airport, charged with arresting alleged criminals, and it was this week that Tigray Regional Government released them.

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