ADDIS ABEBA – Major General Kedir Ararssa, former deputy director of logistics Northern command, has appeared in court for the second time on Thursday.
Major General Kedir has been charged with crimes of colluding with forces of Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and an armed group, OLF Shane, against the federal government. His charges also include leaking national army information and transferring armament to the TPLF group illegally, among others.
The suspect denied the alleged crimes during his appearance on Thursday and asked the court to release him on bail.
The Police, on the other hand, said the complexity of the issue requires more investigation into the crimes. They asked the court to grant them 14 additional days for further investigation.
The judge, who presided over the Federal First Instance Arada Court Criminal Bench, has denied the defendant’s bail request and granted the additional days requested by the police.
Meanwhile, a court in Addis Abeba has granted police’s additional day request to investigate into the case of the seven senior army officers including Major General Gebremedhin Fekadu, colluding with TPLF forces.
They were arrested on Nov. 10 on suspicion of disrupting communications systems linking the northern command post with the central army communication in Addis Abeba, exposing federal troops in Tigray to attack.
On Tuesday, the court adjourned to rule on the police’s request for 14 days additional day request for further investigation – which was opposed by the lawyers of the suspects who denied their involvement in the crimes alleged by the police..
The court resumed its hearing on Thursday afternoon during which the judge ruled in favor of granting 12 more days for investigation – two days less then the police initial request.
The case adjourned for January 5, 2020.
By Mhret G/kristos