Somalia: Detained ONLF Official Extradited to Ethiopia, Govt Source Confirm

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    Somalia: Detained ONLF Official Extradited to Ethiopia, Govt Source Confirm

    GALKAYO (Somali Update Online) — Somali National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) has detained and then extradited a senior member of Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) Abdikarin Sheikh Muse to Ethiopian intelligence, sources within

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Abdikarin Sheikh Muse, a member of ONLF extradited to Ethiopia.
GALKAYO (Somali Update Online) — Somali National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) has detained and then extradited a senior member of Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) Abdikarin Sheikh Muse to Ethiopian intelligence, sources within the government confirmed.
Ethiopian government considers ONLF, an ethnic Somali separatist rebels fighting for self-determination of the Somali-Ethiopian region, as terror group.
Abdikarin Sheikh Muse, ONLF Executive committee member was arrested on August 23, from Galkayo in Mudug region, according to Ministry of Internal Security officer who spoke Somali Update Online in anonymity condition because he was not authorized to speak to media. He was then transferred to Mogadishu where he was held until August 27th before he was extradited to Jigjiga through a special flight.
Attempts by senior government officials mainly those hailing from the Darod community to secure his release ended fruitless.
In a statement, ONLF condemned the refoulement as illegal and blamed Somali government of violating the international refugee and political prisoners conventions while handings Sheikh Muse to the Ethiopian government which is known to "torture and humiliate its opponents".  His family members and relatives were denied to visit him while in NISA detention in Mogadishu, ONLF said.
This is the first extradition case carried by the Federal Government of Somalia. Both Puntland and Somaliland have previously captured and transferred members of the rebel group to Ethiopia.
"The Somali government and the current president also violated the Somali constitution which recognises the rights of all Somalis to have the right of abode regardless of which part of the Somali nation they originate." the group said in the statement.
Somali government has not yet officially commented on the extradition case of Abdikarin Sheikh Muse.
 
- SOMALI UPDATE ONLINE -


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