Somalia: Lawmakers' Views Differ on Extradition of ONLF Officer to Ethiopia

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    Somalia: Lawmakers' Views Differ on Extradition of ONLF Officer to Ethiopia

    MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) — Members of Somali Parliament have differed views towards the extradition of Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) official Abdikarim Sheikh Muse who was captured and then extradited to Ethiopia by Somali go

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ONLF officer Abdikarim Sheikh Muse who was extradited to Ethiopia last week by Somali government.
MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) — Members of Somali Parliament have differed views towards the extradition of Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) official Abdikarim Sheikh Muse who was captured and then extradited to Ethiopia by Somali government last week.
Ethiopian government last week confirmed Somali government transferred Sheikh Muse popularly known as "Qalbi Dhagah" under a security partnership agreement between Addis Ababa and Mogadishu.
The transfer of Sheikh Muse drew public outrage as most of politicians and members of the public described the act a breach of the Provisional Constitution.
Lawmaker Dahir Amin Jesow believes Somali government has the right to hand over any rebel member fighting neighboring countries under Somalia's national interest agenda.
"I want to be clear. ONLF is not fighting for the interest of Somalia and we are not ONLF." the outspoken MP said.
He noted that Ethiopia has the right to hunt members of the armed groups if they try to sneak into Somalia, but though the assistance of Somali government.
"If they are fighting against Ethiopia then let Ethiopia look for those people. We, as a recovering nation, can not back any individual trying to destabilize our neighbors." he added.
Despite sources claim that Abdikarim Sheikh Muse had double Somali-Ethiopian nationality, his wife Khadra Mohamed Abdi, in a local radio interview said he never had Ethiopian passport. 
Ethiopian government considers ONLF, an ethnic Somali separatist rebels fighting for self-determination of the Somali-Ethiopian region, as terror group.
MP Jesow's comments were rubbished by lawmaker Mohamed Abukaate who insisted the extradition was abuse of power and breach of the Constitution.
"This was a tragic incident against our constitution. The government has violated the laws of this land." he said referring the transfer of Sheikh Muse to Ethiopian hands.
"Handing over a fellow Somali to an enemy known to harm and torture to its opponents is unacceptable and we must act on that." the lawmaker added calling a parliamentary action on the matter.
It is not yet clear if the members of the Federal Parliament will table a motion regarding the extradition case, which is first in its kind in Somalia in the known history.

- SOMALI UPDATE ONLINE -


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