US could sanction Ethiopia ex-Intelligence chief

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

The US is considering imposing a travel ban and assets freeze on the fugitive former Ethiopian Intelligence head Getachew Assefa.

The move follows the House of Representatives (HR) 128 Bill before the US Congress against Mr Getachew’s violation of human rights.

The request to the State Department was made by the House of Representatives’ Mike Coffman, who sponsored the HR 128 bill and finally got it sent to the Congress.

Mr Getachew is accused for orchestrating the assassination attempt on the Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in Addis Ababa during the rally called in support of the reformist leader. The charges against him also include crimes against humanity on thousands of prisoners across the country such as allowing gang rape of both males and females, torturing and killings using different techniques in secrete jails.

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