Ethiopia arrests former deputy intelligence chief

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Authorities in Ethiopia have arrested former deputy intelligence chief Yared Zerihun amid investigations into corruption and human right abuses committed by security forces.

The former deputy chief of the country’s national security agency is one of more than 60 intelligence and military official arrested since Monday. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed promised to take a strong stance against corruption and human rights abuses when he came into power in April and the arrests have been welcomed by rights groups.

Former deputy intelligence chief arrested

Attorney General Berhanu Tsegaye announced on Thursday that Yared Zerihun had been arrested, posting the news on Twitter.

“Former deputy of NISS and Federal Police Commission Commissioner General Yared Zerihun has been apprehended by police,” Tsegaye said, without disclosing any further details.

Previous to Yared Zerihun’s arrest, his wife was detained by police on Monday for allegedly attempting to hide her husband from the authorities. However, he was eventually taken in on Thursday to become one of the most high-profile arrests since Aboy Ahmed took office.

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