Despite Treaties, Ethiopia to Handover more Prisoners to Somalia

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    Despite Treaties, Ethiopia to Handover more Prisoners to Somalia

    MOGADISHU, Somalia (Horn Observer) Ethiopia plans to handover more Somali prisoners currently at the Ethiopian jails to Somali authorities, days after Somalia extradited an ONLF rebel leader to Ethiopia, Somali state news agency reported.

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114 Prisoners arrive in Mogadishu, after Ethiopian government handed them over to the Somali authority. (file photo)
MOGADISHU, Somalia (Horn Observer) Ethiopia plans to handover more Somali prisoners currently at the Ethiopian jails to Somali authorities, days after Somalia extradited an ONLF rebel leader to Ethiopia, Somali state news agency reported.

Somalia prime minister spoke on the phone with his counterpart the Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn over the release of the Somali prisoners currently jailed in Ethiopia,

"The Ethiopian prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn accepted the request from the Somalia prime minister Hassan Ali Khaire.” Somali News Agency (SONNA) reported citing sources from the office of the Somali prime minister.




Somali government recently handed over an ONLF rebel leader Abdihakim Sheikh Muse aka Qalbi Dhagah, to Ethiopia. Qalbi Dhagax is accused of committing crimes against humanity during his membership to the Liyuu police, against the Somali people in the Ethiopian Somali region known as DDSI.


"Abdikarim has committed crimes ranging rape to killing civilians living at Danood, Qoraxey, Nogob, Shabelle in the Somali regional administration in Ethiopia.” Abdi Mohamoud Omar, president of DDSI said in an interview.

DDSI president Abdi Mohamoud Omar criticized the Somalis and several politicians for not demonstrating against or tabling a motion against the Shabab, which kills the Somalis on a daily basis. Mr. Omar also declared that Qalbi Dhagax is a Ethiopian citizen and will be tried at the Ethiopian courts.

There has been mix of reactions among the Somalis, some criticizing the government, while others defended the government’s decision in which it handed over the ONLF rebel commander to Ethiopia.

However, Ethiopian Diplomat, Gen. Gabre who is Senior Political Advisor to IGAD took to the social media this week praising the Somali National Intelligence Agency (NISA) while accusing the Somalia President and Prime Minister for aiding terrorists, an act that many analysts said the handover of the oNLF rebel commander to Ethiopia might have been pre-planned act aimed to disrupt Somalia government politically.

Ethiopia recently handed over 114 Somali prisoners to Somalia following agreement between the two governments.



This is not the first time Somalia and Ethiopia sign agreement on transfer of prisoners. On April 3, 1988 Somalia signed a peace agreement with Ethiopia. According to New York Times, the agreement which was signed in Mogadishu by the Foreign Minister Berhanu Bahiy of Ethiopia and Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Mohamud Farah of Somalia aimed to restore diplomatic relations, exchange prisoners of war and refrain from hostile propaganda or acts of destabilization against each other. In that agreement both Somalia and Ethiopia closed the offices of the rebels fighting against the respective countries.

Many Somali lawyers contend that the agreement still valid citing article 40 of the Somalias federal constitution, but did not clarify how existing treats between Ethiopia and Somalia have been applied in the context of the current transfer of prisoners.

Ethiopia, which many Somalis regard as traditional enemy shares long border with Somalia and is one of the troop contributing countries of the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) and its army are fighting alongside Somali national army against Shabab, a terrorist organization which is affiliated to Al-Qaeda. Al Shabaab remains potential threat on the Horn of Africa region, despite losing large swaths of territory to the Somali and AMISOM troops in South and Central Somalia.

- Horn Observer -


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