Addis Ababa, Sept. 14, 2018 (Hornnews24) – Former President of Ethiopian Somali regional state, Abdi Mohammed Omer (a.ka.a Abdi Illey) and four high ranking regional officials have appeared before court today in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa to face criminal charges for allegedly organizing the local youth to cause death and displacement of many people in the territory.
Lawmakers have recently stripped Abdi Iley his immunity after being accused him of killing hundreds of civilians, the displacement of many people as well as destruction of religious institutions by equipping and encouraging the youth in the region along ethnic lines.
Those whose immunity was removed are the following: Abdijemal Kelonbi, head of Justice Bureau; Rahma Mohammed Haibe, minister of women’s and children; Ibrahim Mehd, minister of education; Dek Abdulahi, deputy minister of water resource development bureau; Ibrahim Mohammed Mubarek, mayor of Jigjiga; Omer Abdi; the ruling party’s head of political affairs.
Three former ministers who are charged along with Omer are Rahma Mohammed Haibe, former minister of women and children; Abdurazak Sani, former minister of diaspora and Sultan Mohammed, former minister of irrigation development. All the four suspects were denied bail even though they complained of hypertension, gastric ulcer and poor meals at their detention centers.
In August Mustafa Muhumed Omer, whose brother was killed by former leader’s security agents, popularly known as Liyu Police or the special police, was elected as the president of Somali state to replace Abdi Iley.
The court gave the police 14 more days to finish its investigation and bring enough evidences to prove the charges against Abdi Iley and the other officials.
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