Former Ethiopian communication minister jailed for corruption

An Ethiopian court on Friday sentenced a former communication minister to six years in prison over corruption charges, local media reported.

Bereket Simon, who was minister of communication from 1995 to 2012, was sentenced after <a href="http://<iframe style="width:120px;height:240px;" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" src="//rcm-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&bc1=000000&IS2=1&bg1=FFFFFF&fc1=000000&lc1=0000FF&t=eeyasu-20&language=en_CA&o=15&p=8&l=as4&m=amazon&f=ifr&ref=as_ss_li_til&asins=B07RJTCYVW&linkId=ba07cbe1dc14c0f2288809ff4290f996">conclusion of a trial by the Amhara Regional State Supreme Court on Friday, according to the local broadcaster FANA.

Last week, the court convicted him over embezzlement of<a href="http://<iframe style="width:120px;height:240px;" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" src="//rcm-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&bc1=000000&IS2=1&bg1=FFFFFF&fc1=000000&lc1=0000FF&t=eeyasu-20&language=en_CA&o=15&p=8&l=as4&m=amazon&f=ifr&ref=as_ss_li_til&asins=B082YSQ53Q&linkId=cf19d52f226f9e56e5865f9b1550987c"> public funds and abuse of power.

He has also been <a href="http://<iframe style="width:120px;height:240px;" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" src="//rcm-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&bc1=000000&IS2=1&bg1=FFFFFF&fc1=000000&lc1=0000FF&t=eeyasu-20&language=en_CA&o=15&p=8&l=as4&m=amazon&f=ifr&ref=as_ss_li_til&asins=B005FKMVN4&linkId=d11d66f2c6ab088776971e0ee5cbf0db">fined 10,000 Ethiopian Birr ($310).

Bereket, together with Confederate Tadesse Kassa, was standing trial over the past couple of years while in prison in the city of Bahirdar, Capital of the Amhara state.

The court sentenced Tadesse Kassa to eight years in prison and a fine of $500 after he was found guilty on three counts of embezzlement of public funds.

Bereket was founding member of former ruling coalition Ethiopia Peoples’ Revolutionary <a href="http://<iframe style="width:120px;height:240px;" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" src="//rcm-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&bc1=000000&IS2=1&bg1=FFFFFF&fc1=000000&lc1=0000FF&t=eeyasu-20&language=en_CA&o=15&p=8&l=as4&m=amazon&f=ifr&ref=as_ss_li_til&asins=B07RJTCYVW&linkId=ee44b05aa470d1e27c63c361fbe33b0a">Democratic Front. ( EPRDF).

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