60 Ethiopian intelligence officials arrested

November 15, 2018 | Brainwave Science

60 Ethiopian intelligence officials arrested: Brainwave Science


The attorney general of Ethiopia, Berhanu Tsegaye, announced the arrest of dozens of security forces and officials in a crackdown on corruption and human rights violations with the political establishment on Monday. The former deputy head of Ethiopia’s National Security Agency, Yared Zerihun, was one of the many arrested. His comments on the allegations are awaited.

In this week, more than 60 officials from various intelligence agencies including an army-run conglomerate have been arrested. Human rights groups have celebrated this mass-arrest. Ethiopians have been dealing with an oppressive and authoritarian rule.

Mr. Berhanu’s investigators found seven dungeons in Addis Adaba used for torture. He also said officials from the National Intelligence Security Service instructed an ethnic-Oromo group to conduct a grenade attack on the country’s Prime Minister in June, killing two. Earlier, the country’s attorney general filed terrorism charges against five suspects from the Oromo Liberation Front for their involvement in the grenade attack.

The move has been widely welcomed by human rights groups. For years Ethiopians have lived under oppressive authoritarian rule. There was absolutely no tolerance for criticism of the government or military. But when Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to power in April he promised to stamp out high-level corruption and human rights abuses.


Despite having access to 60+ arrested individuals, the investigating agencies cannot be sure of the information provided by the officials. It is well known, that the knowledge possessed by the arrested individuals can lead to aides and accomplices, but traditional interrogation techniques are not efficient or reliable enough. Conventional fingerprinting and DNA testing help match physical evidence from a crime scene with evidence found on the perpetrator.

Unlike a homicide case, a corruption case has evidence of differing types. It is mostly present in the memory and psyche of the persons involved and is very hard to extract using traditional interrogation techniques. To add to that, there are only about 1% of crimes to which DNA and Conventional Fingerprinting is applicable.

Corruption in Ethiopia is a wide-spread problem. In addition to Defense and Security, there are other sectors in Ethiopia which are particularly vulnerable to corruption. Land distribution and administration is a sector where corruption is institutionalized, and facilitation payments as well as bribes are often demanded from businesses when they deal with land-related issues. Corruption also occurs when businesses obtain permits and licenses due to complicated bureaucracy. Public procurement is also seriously hampered by corruption, and different types of irregularities exist, such as non-transparent tender processes and awarding contracts to people with close connection to the government and ruling party.


Ethiopia has an opportunity to subdue corruption in the government system. But traditional investigative techniques can help only in a limited manner. It is a rare opportunity to have 60+ allegedly corrupt officials behind bars. Agencies would be interested to interrogate them and move closer to quashing governmental corruption in Ethiopia. Usually, the investigators have a difficult time distinguishing between corrupt individuals in public life and honest people. Those who are guilty are aware of their crimes and do feel the guilt. Thankfully, there is a technology which can tell the investigators if a person’s brain contains specific information or not. iCognative by Brainwave Science can reveal if the person under testing has information regarding a crime or not.  It can help distinguish between the perpetrator, the witness and someone who is innocent. If any innocent persons were mistakenly arrested, iCognative can help save their lives.

This is because the test is highly reliable. It is not affected by the subjective opinion of the administrator of the test. It is highly accurate in determining if certain information is present in the brain of the individual being tested. Thanks to iCognative, The brain is no longer a ‘black box’. In other words, one can look inside it and find out if it is aware of a certain phenomenon, person, word, name, event, etc. This can be highly useful to all intelligence collection disciplines.

iCognative is a technology which is used to detect specific information stored in the human brain. Designed, developed and delivered by Brainwave Science, is a virtually infallible technology, which addresses challenges in a new era to provide an edge to law enforcement agencies globally.

Relying, fundamentally on the measurement and analysis of human brainwaves. When words, phrases or pictures relevant to a crime are presented to suspects on a monitor to observe, their brain responses are recorded using a proprietary headset and relayed to the proprietary software. The test runs for approximately 45 minutes. Finally, the test, determines if the suspect has hidden knowledge in his or her brain about a specific crime or not.

Investigative agencies will appreciate a tool which can analyze a testee’s brain response to determine memory recognition. Never has a technology existed which could help to determine if a human brain possesses certain specific informationiCognative, presented by Brainwave Science can help the Ethiopian agencies to bust corruption at all levels, by eliciting the truth from the arrested officials.

When used, iCognative can help bring down the corruption ring in Ethiopia.

In a very accurate manner, iCognative can ascertain the level to which an individual is involved in a corruption. iCognative can not only be used retroactively, but also proactively to thwart corruption. With an accuracy more than 99%, it is the perfect weapon needed by the Ethiopian anti-corruption agencies in their war against graft.

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