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Vol 54 No 11

Published 24th May 2013


Ethiopia

Cutting taxmen

Amid an anti-corruption drive, on 10 May police arrested the Director General of the Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority, Melaku Fenta, his deputy, Gebrewahid Woldegiorgis, and 30 others, including several well-known business people. The charges include tax evasion, illegal banking, concealing evidence, importing contraband, receiving bribes and possessing large amounts of currency. Some wonder if this really is a clean sweep or if Fenta and the rest are being thrown to the wolves to protect influential people.

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