VOA correspondent arrested
A correspondent for the Amharic service of the Voice of America, Meleskachew Amha has been arrested in connection with printing and studio goods of Addis Broadcasting PLC, owned by Dr. Berhanu Nega and other well known personalities.
The Amharic weekly, Addis Admass reported today that Meleskachew and other four people were detained on Wednesday and kept at the Customs Authority compound near the Ethiopia Hotel for allegedly “trying to transfer duty-free imported goods to a third party.”
Melescahew and the other four suspects who appeared before court yesterday were denied bail, according to Addis Admass. The court granted police twelve more days to conduct further investigation, as per the latter’s request.
The Addis Broadcasting PLC had established a head quarters in Kechene Medanhialem but has gone unoperational for a number of years as it was denied broadcasting licenses and most of the shareholders disbanded after the 2005 election.
Meleskachew has been manger of the PLC for three months.
Dr. Berhanu Nega now leads an oppostion party, Ginbot 7,which the government has designated as a terriorist organization.