Court Denies Kinfe’s Appeal

A judge at the 10th Criminal Bench of Lideta Division denied Kinfe Dagnew’s (M. General) plea to receive legal aide from a public defence today.

The former General-director of the state-owned military conglomerate Metals & Engineering Corporation (MetEC), who has been charged for alleged grand corruption and mismanagement during his tenure, appeared before a judge on Wednesday, November 14.

Berhanu Abebe (Com.), head of the police investigation team, told the Court that they have documents from the Federal Ethics & Anti-Corruption Commission and a private bank showing that Kinfe has sufficient property and funds in a saving account.

Kinfe’s saving account from Awash Bank shows that he has 5,335 Br. A document from the Anti-Corruption Commison has registered a house in his name.

“If property is found in my name, the state can confiscate it,” Kinfe told the Judge. Yesterday, Kinfe claimed his monthly pension salary of 4,000 Br was too little to afford a lawyer.

He registered a net worth of 2,500 Br in 2012 before the Commission.

The judge stated that his financial statement shows a deposit of 100,000 Br on October 26, 2018 and the same amount was withdrawn on October 29, 2018.

“The Court does not believe a person who makes such transactions can not afford to hire a defense lawyer,” said the presiding judge.

After consulting family members who came to the court to follow his case, Kinfe was granted additional days to arrange representation through a lawyer.

The judge accepted his plea and adjourned the case to November 19, 2018.

The judge also adjourned Yared Zerihun’s case, the former deputy intelligence chief and former federal police commissioner, until tomorrow.

Published on Nov 15,2018 [ Vol 19 ,No 968]



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