Somalia: There is no Known Extradition Agreement with Ethiopia, Says Former Internal Security Minister

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Wednesday September 06, 2017 - 07:51:44 in Latest News by SomaliUpdate Staff Reporter
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    Somalia: There is no Known Extradition Agreement with Ethiopia, Says Former Internal Security Minister

    MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) — Former Somali internal security minister of interior Abdikarim Hussein Guled has rubbished claims by Ethiopian-Somali leader that Somalia had an extradition treaty with the neighboring Ethiopia.

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Combined: Former Minister Abdikarim Guled (left) and president of Somali-Ethiopian region Abdi Mohamud Omar (right), and inset is ONLF official Abdikarim Qalbi Dhagah.
MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) — Former Somali internal security minister of interior Abdikarim Hussein Guled has rubbished claims by Ethiopian-Somali leader that Somalia had an extradition treaty with the neighboring Ethiopia.
Mr. Guled also the former head of Galmudug regional state has rejected president of Somali-Ethiopian region Abdi Mohamud Omar’s claim that Addis Ababa secured the deal with Mogadishu during the era of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.
The Ethiopian-Somali leader was referring the extradition of Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) official Abdikarim Sheikh Muse (popularly known as Qalbi Dhagah) whom Somali government handed over to Ethiopia last week. The case sparked public outrage with Somali politicians and lawmakers termed as act of breaching the constitution.
"Until today, there is no known extradition agreement between Somalia and Ethiopia.” Mr. Guled said in a Facebook posting reacting to president Omar’s comments.
Mr. Guled noted that his term of presidency in Galmudug State, his administration reached consensus with the authorities in the Somali-Ethiopian region following inter-clan conflict at the Somalia-Ethiopian border but there was never "surrender of prisoners”.
"The agreement the Somali-Ethiopian president Mr. Abdi Mohamud Omar referred was neither about extradition of prisoners nor was it national level. It was a truce-like agreement between the two regional states [Somalia’s Galmudug and Ethiopia’s Somali state] following violence at the border.” Mr. Guled emphasized.

On Monday, president Omar criticized Somali public and politicians’ reaction toward the extradition of the ONLF official Qalbi Dhagah commending the move by the Federal Government of Somalia.
"Qalbi Dhagah is Ethiopian-Somali national who committed crimes against Ethiopia. He was handed over to Ethiopia in line with an agreement between Somalia and Ethiopia.” He said. "ONLF is a terror group like Al-Shabaab.”
Meanwhile, Somali lawmakers are saying that the will table impeachment against President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo and his security officials over violating the constitution and the international conventions on the rights of political prisoners which Somalia is a signatory member.
"The President is not above the law. He was elected by this parliament and we are still here. We shall impeach them [the government] for violating Articles 35th and 26th of our Constitution, and they will face what the law says.” Senator Ahmed Hashi of Somalia's Upper House said.

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