ADDIS ABEBA – A regional court in Bahir Dar has delayed a verdict on Bereket Simon and Tadesse Kassa case on Thursday.
The two suspects arrested on January 23 in corruption charges. The court has been hearing prosecutors’ witnesses in the case for the past few months.
Prosecutors charge them with “mismanaging public funds” while they were officials of a regional public investment fund, also known as TIRET Corp.
The regional court heard the account of the last witness of the prosecutors last week and was expected to pass verdict on Thursday, July 25, 2019.
The judges, however, unable to do so saying some of the documents provided to the court were written in English and should be translated into Amharic.
The prosecutors say the Amhraic version of the documents, involving Dashin Brewery were also provided together with the English, and asked for the proceeding to continue.
The argument lawyers of the defendants see as a ploy to prolong the proceeding.
The court, however, insists on getting every documents presented as evidence translated to Amharic by a certified translator on Oct 3, 2019.
The two sides will receive the translated version of the documents on that date. The court says if they are not comfortable with the translation they will present their case on Oct 11.
The court adjourned the case for Oct 3, 2019.
Bereket and Tadesse are former board members of TIRET Corp and the ruling party of the Amhara region.
Bereket, who also served as minister of communication in the 1995-2012, co-founded the fund, TIRET Corporation, in 1995 and led it until 2017. TIRET belongs to the Amhara regional administration and owns firms in the brewery, construction, transport and logistics sectors.