Ethiopia: Illicit capital flight much higher than estimates, says ex-intelligence officer

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Illicit financial flows from Ethiopia could be much higher than those estimates by international financial institutions including the Global Financial Integrity, a former intelligence operative told ESAT.

The revenue from the export of cash crops and other exports such as flower, coffee, honey, cattle, incense, among others, would just be transferred to a foreign bank, without even reaching the country, said Ayalew Mengesha, who had worked at various capacities with the National Intelligence and Security Service.

The Global Financial Integrity estimated in its report that over 11 billion dollars left the country in illicit financial flow from 2001-2009. The report also said the country lost 3 billion dollars in illicit outflow in just 2009.

Mengesha said money obtained in the form of aid and loan is deposited in foreign banks under the name of regime officials and their family members. “That money would never see the light of day in Ethiopia,” Mengesha said.

The former operative, who also worked as the head of the security operations for Ethiopian airports said security personnel, pilots and flight attendants were being used as carriers of cash and gold for officials and cronies of the regime. He said now that almost all the positions at the airports from the pilot to the loader are filled with people from Tigray facilitating the smooth exit of cash and gold has been made easy.

He alleged that officials at the helm of power to pilots, and down to ramp operators are all Tigrayans who facilitate the flight of money and gold at the airport checkpoints. “If there are staffs who belong to other Ethnic group such as Amhara or Oromo, they will be replaced by Tigrayans on the days of the illegal operations,” he said. The Tigrayan smugglers would take the cash and gold to Europe and receive commission in return. “The Airlines use the Ethiopian flag but in reality it only serves the Tigrayan turning the national carrier into a criminal organization.”

Mengesha said since the start of the popular uprising against the regime  one year ago, regime officials are engaged in a massive operation of smuggling money and gold out of the country and depositing it in places like China, Indonesia and other places in Asia and opening businesses under the name of their families. He said the destination of the stolen money and gold used to be U.S. and Europe but has now shifted to Asia and Australia.

He also said foreigners, especially Chinese businessmen in the country work in collaboration with Tigrayans in higher positions in smuggling money and gold out of the country.eal-bag

Meanwhile, Mengesha said of the registered 112 gold exporters in the country, all of them are Tigrayans. “In fact the letter i received as head of the airport security specifically mentioned that only people from Tigray are legitimate exporters of gold. No one outside the Tigrayans is allowed to engage in the gold business.”

He recalled an instance where 301 kg of gold had been replaced with slabs of metal painted as gold the National Bank of Ethiopia. The intelligence operative working on that case, Tariku Sodo, a non-Tigrayan from Southern Ethiopia, was found dead in Debre Zeit. A flight attendant was caught in India while trying to smuggle 15kg gold wearing it as a belt, he added.

Regarding places of gold mining, the former intelligence official who also monitors security at gold mining operations said all prospectors in the mines are Tigrayans and no other person from other ethnic group is not allowed to operate. Places rich in gold in Benishangul Gumuz namely Dul Hode and Dul Shatalo which are exceptionally rich in gold deposit were given to Tigrayan displacing the locals the Gumuz and Amharas. “Dul Hode is so rich in Gold that  studies found that 10 mg of gold is extracted from 1 kg of soil.”

In April $356,246 in cash was found in a paper bag at an airport in China by workers who work on a construction project in southern ‪China’s Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport.  Chinese media reported that three Ethiopian travelers have reportedly claimed the money.

An Ethiopian woman was arrested last week at IGI airport in India while trying to smuggle 3 kg of gold and 10, 000 USD in cash as well as 879 USD in currency notes.

7 Responses to Ethiopia: Illicit capital flight much higher than estimates, says ex-intelligence officer

  1. StarAction November 21, 2016 at 9:27 pm #

    I personally saw in August 2007 at Bole Airport around 500 meters toward west, I don’t exactly remember the name of travel agency but I saw a brown man who work at this travel agency when he was giving packages of Money to a Chinese Man. The exact location of the travel agency is located at about 200 meters south of Chinese Restaurant. It was just at a corner of the road.

    Also I know that a friend of mine was working in a construction consultant company owned by Abby Tsehaye. It was located in Bole on the 7 or 8 th floor. They were busy to take land from Oromia and construct houses and handed it to the various residents. On the same building, I think on the 4th floor, I saw a sophisticated musical studio owned by TPLF.

    A friend of mine who was working for Abby Tsehaye was born and grew in Oromia. His father is Amhara and his mother is Oromo. He is highly paid including overtime works for Abby Tsehaye. He graduated with civil engineering from Finfinee.

    Though it is very difficult to honestly state who was beyond, a friend (Oromo) of my friend (Amhara+Oromo) who work at other company was Oromo and he got educational opportunity in Belgium for three months short term training, bit on his flight, he was caught in Bole accausing him as member of OLF and arrested for two weeks. After the deadline of the training passed, he was released freely. The Oromo guy has no link with Abby Tsehaye. But then he was recruited to grap land for Abby Tsehaye. However he was not offered an office at Abby Tsehaye building. Anyone who enter into Abby Tsehaye building was searched for Weaponsome and music have permission to go.

    Despite I didn’t have a weapon, I was not allowed to visit my friend at his office but I was allowed only upto 4 th floor where the studio was located. There I was waiting my friend while I was have coffee or tea on the same 4th floor. I was simply staying with my friend whenever I used to come to Finfinee and when I was processing VISA for myself. I didn’t tell to my friend about the VISA issued date and my travel because his friend was arrested. I know he has link with Abby Tsehaye. He was also telling me that you are suspected being a member of OLF but honestly I was not a member at that time.

    Directly or indirectly, until TPLF and their support (Tigree) will be uprooted from Finfinee, there is no peace for Oromo.

  2. StarAction November 21, 2016 at 9:36 pm #

    I personally saw in August 2007 at Bole Airport around 500 meters toward west, I don’t exactly remember the name of travel agency but I saw a brown man who work at this travel agency when he was giving packages of Money to a Chinese Man. The exact location of the travel agency is located at about 200 meters south of Chinese Restaurant. It was just at a corner of the road.

    Also I know that a friend of mine was working in a construction consultant company owned by Abby Tsehaye. It was located in Bole on the 7 or 8 th floor. They were busy to take land from Oromia and construct houses and handed it to the various residents. On the same building, I think on the 4th floor, I saw a sophisticated musical studio owned by TPLF.

    A friend of mine who was working for Abby Tsehaye was born and grew in Oromia. His father is Amhara and his mother is Oromo. He is highly paid including overtime works for Abby Tsehaye. He graduated with civil engineering from Finfinee.

    Though it is very difficult to honestly state who was beyond, a friend (Oromo) of my friend (Amhara+Oromo) who work at other company was Oromo and he got educational opportunity in Belgium for three months short term training, but on his flight day, he was caught in Bole accausing him as member of OLF and arrested for two weeks. After the deadline of the training passed, he was released freely. The Oromo guy has no link with Abby Tsehaye. But then he was recruited to grap land for Abby Tsehaye. However he was not offered an office at Abby Tsehaye building. Anyone who enter into Abby Tsehaye building was searched for Weapons and must have permission to go to Abby Tsehaye office.

    Despite I didn’t have a weapon, I was not allowed to visit my friend at his office but I was allowed only upto 4 th floor where the studio was located. There I was waiting my friend while I was having coffee or tea on the same 4th floor. I was simply staying with my friend whenever I used to come to Finfinee and when I was processing VISA for myself. I didn’t tell to my friend about the VISA issued date and my travel because his friend was arrested. I know he has link with Abby Tsehaye. He was also telling me that you are suspected being a member of OLF but honestly I was not a member at that time.

    Directly or indirectly, until TPLF and their support (Tigree) will be uprooted from Finfinee, there is no peace for Oromo.

  3. Girmaye g/selase November 21, 2016 at 10:33 pm #

    Shame to the fool Western Donners. They don’t listen to the citizens …

  4. Bariisoo November 22, 2016 at 2:23 pm #

    Abyssinians ruling elites and their lackeys were/are greedy looters, it is not surprising to hear what generation to generation did and doing to that people and country.keep leaking the Mafia criminals criminality.

  5. A.Kabato November 22, 2016 at 7:09 pm #

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  6. Alisomali November 22, 2016 at 10:21 pm #

    Donners.. donners.. donners … don’t call them donners please these western mafia organizations
    They are just looters and backers of minority apartheid TPLF settelers in FINNFINNE and warlords in Somalia

    They profit the mesery and distribution of our people… install criminals in the power like wayane apartheid regimes
    And loot our resources… in Oromia and somali seas

    East African cusctics must unite and fight for our life before it is too late

  7. ኢትዮጵያን ማንም አያፈርሳትም November 23, 2016 at 12:35 pm #

    እንደ ወያኔ ሀሳብ ኢትዮጵያዉያን በብሄረሰብ ቁጥር 87 ናቸዉ ይባላል::ያዉ ይባላል ነዉ:: አንዱ ጉልበተኛ ቢነሳ ደግሞ ህዝቡ መሸንሸን ያለበት በሴሜቲክስ እነት: በኩሽቲክስ እነት: በናይሎቲክስ እነት እና በምናምንነት ነዉ ብሎ ሰባት የማህበረሰብ አይነት ብቻ ነዉ ያለን ብሎ ሌት ከቀን የሚያደክም እና ልብ ዝቅ ሊያደርግ የሚችል ፕሮፖጋንዳ ሊሰራብን ይችላል::.የኢትዮጵያ ብሄረሰብ ቁጥር 187 ነዉ ብሎ የሚያብራራ ጉልበተኛም ሊነሳ ይችላል:: ከእያንዳንዱ ብሄረሰብ አንዳንድ አዳዲስ ብሄረሰብ እየፈጠረ እንደ አዲስ ግኝት 187 ብሄረሰብ ያላት ሀብታም ሀገር ብሎ መዝሙር የሚያዘምር አምባ ገነንም ሊነሳም ይችላል ማለት:: አለዚያም የኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ አንድ ህዝብ ነዉ የሚለዉን ህሳቤ አጽድቆ ዲሞክራሲያዊነት እና ሰበአዊነት ከፍ የሚልበት መሰረትን የሚያደላድል ቅን ሀይልም ወደ ስልጣን መንበሩ ቢመጣ የኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ አንድነት ሊሰበክ ይችል ይሆናል::ሁሉ ነገር አስተሳሰብ ነዉ እንጅ ምንም ተጨባጭ መሰረት የለዉም:: ተጨባጭ የሆነዉ እዉነት አንድ ብቻ ነዉ::እርሱም ሰዉ የሆነ ሰዉ ሁሉ አንድ የሰዉ ዘር እና የአዳም ልጅ ብቻ ነዉ::

    የሆኖ ሆኖ በወያኔ አከፋፈል ግን 87 የብሄረሰብ ቁጥር አለ::ወያኔ ግን ክልል ብላ የከለለች ዘጠኝ ክልል ብቻ ናቸዉ::አዲስ አበባ ሲነሳ ደግሞ ስምንት ክልል መሆኑ ነዉ::እናም በኢትዮጵያ ዉስጥ 79 ብሄረሰቦች ክልል የላቸዉም ማለት ነዉ::ይባስ ብሎ ደግሞ 50 ሽህ ቁጥር ያለዉ የሀረሪ ማህበረሰብ ክልል ተብሎ አንድ አካባቢ በወያኔ ተሰምሮ ክልልህ ተብሎ ሲሰጠዉ ከሁለት እስከ አምስት ሚሊዮን የህዝብ ቁጥር ያላቸዉ ማህበረሰቦች ማለትም ሲዳማ: ጉራጌ: ወላይታ : ሀድያ እንዲሁም ሌሎችም ማህበረሰቦች ክልል አልተሰጣቸዉም:: ይሄም እጅግ ሸፍጠኝነት የተሞላበት የወያኔ ፍርደ ገምድል አካሄድ ነዉ::
    ወያኔ ይባስ ብሎ ነገሩን ያወሳሰበዉ ደግሞ እያንዳንዱ ክልል የራሱን የተለዬ ህገ መንግስት እንዲቀርጽ አድርጎ ስምንቱ ብሄርሰሰቦች (ክልል የተሰጣቸዉ) በክልላቸዉ ዉስጥ እነሱ ብቻ የክልሉን ሀብት እና ክልሉን የራሳቸዉ ብቻ ማንነት መለያ አድርገዉ ህገ መንግስት ጽፈዉ ሌላዉን በክልሉ የሚኖር ኢትዮጵያዊ ሁሉ አግላይ ስነልቦና እንዲከተሉ ማድረጉ ነዉ::በአዲስ አበባ ዩኒቨርስቲ የህግ ትምህርት ስንከታተል አንድ ተማሪ ዋናዉን የወያኔን (የኢትዮጵያ) ህገመንግስትን ከክልሎች ህገ መንግስት ጋር እያነጻጸረ ጥናታዊ ጽሁፍ አቅርቦ ነበር:: የተማሪዉ ጥናታዊ ድምዳሜም የሚገርም ነበር:: ድምዳሜዉም አጭር እና ግልጽ ነበር::ክልሎች መሰረታዊዉን የፌደራሉን ህገመንግስት የናደ ህግ ሲያወጡ መንግስት ዝም ብሏቸዋል::የፌደራሉ ህገመንግስት የኢትዮጵያ መሬት ሁሉ የኢትዮጵያዉያን የጋራ ሀብት መሆኑን ያዉጃል::የዲሞክራሲያን እና የተራማጅ ሀይሎች ራዕይ አንድ ብቻ መሆነ አለበት::ይሄዉም ለሁሉም ኢትዮጵያዉያን የምትመች አንዲት ዲሞክራሲያዊት ኢትዮጵያ ብቻ !
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