Court Denies Bail of Ex- Somali Region President

Judges at the Federal High Court denied the bail request of Abdi Mohammed Omar, former president of Ethiopia’s Somali Regional State, and three suspects.

At the court session held today, August 30, 2018, the three judges of the 19th criminal bench at Lideta Division also granted police an additional 14 days for investigation.

Rahma Mohammed, head of the region’s Women & Children Affairs Bureau, Ferhan Tahir, the region’s police commissioner, and Abdurazak Amin, head of the region’s Diaspora Bureau, are the suspects that appeared before the court.

Abdi and the three suspects were arrested for allegedly engaging in gross human rights violations, mass killing and instigating ethnic and religious violence, which resulted in the death of many people and damage to properties and churches. They were arrested on August 27, 2018, along with six officials from the regional state, a day after the Ethiopian Somali People’s Democratic Party stripped them of their immunity. They appeared before the court for the first time yesterday.

The Judges adjourned the case to September 14, 2018.


Published on Aug 30,2018 [ Vol 19 ,No 957]



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