Court Grants Bail Right to Ex-Deputy Security Chief’s Spouse

Judges at the Federal High Court have granted bail rights to Widade Ahmed, the spouse of Hashim Tofiq (PhD), deputy director of the National Intelligence & Security Services (NISS), who is suspected of helping her husband flee and obstructing a pending criminal investigation.

Federal crime investigators have detained more than 64 suspects in their probe on grand corruption and gross human rights abuses. One of these suspects is Hashim, whose spouse, an employee of IGAD, allegedly helped her husband flee, knowing that he is suspected of human rights abuse and corruption. Police have also accused her of allegedly destroying documentary evidence and hiding his two guns.

She was arrested on November 11, 2018, and appeared before Arada High Court on November 13, 2018, where the judges gave police a five-day custody right for investigation. However, the investigators have transferred the case to the Lideta Division, which has been hearing the case for the last three weeks.

During today’s session, the investigators appealed for an additional 14-day custody of Widad. However, the judges rejected the plea and granted her bail of 160,000 Br. The judges have also ordered the National Immigration Affairs Office to issue a travel ban on her.

Published on Dec 08,2018 [ Vol 19 ,No 971]



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