Ethiopia issues arrest warrant for former army chief

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The Government of Ethiopia today issues arrest warrant for dozens of high-ranking army officers including the former army chief of staff and businessman General Tsadkan Gebretensae.

Before General Samora Muhammad Yunis took his position about two decades ago, General Tsadkan Gebretensae has served as Ethiopian army chief of staff for eleven years starting 1991. After leaving the army General Tsadkan has become one of the tycoons in Ethiopia making millions of dollars as one of the major founders of Raya Brewery, which was sold to BGI Ethiopia for 2.5 billion birr a few years ago.

In March 2020 General Tsadkan Gebretensae has become board chairman of Lion International Bank, one of the sixteen private banks in Ethiopia.
Some of the 40 army officers now wanted by the federal police have served in Ethiopian Air force, and other military positions, while some of them are defected recently, according to federal Police report.

Ethiopia issues arrest warrant for former army chief
Ethiopia issues arrest warrant for former army chief

The 40 army officers are accused of collaborating with Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF), which admitted attacking the northern command of Ethiopian army found in Tigray region last month. Since then the Ethiopian army has been fighting with the militia of TPLF and those defected from the army killing their collogues in the northern command by conspiring with TPLF.

Within the first three weeks of the offensive Ethiopian army has managed to liberate all the cities and towns in Tigray region including the capital, Mekele from the TPLF militia. Since last week, the federal police has been engaged in searching the leaders of TPLF, who are set to face treason charges, among others.