Somalia: Refoulement of Qalbi Dhagah was Illegal, Says Parliamentary Committee

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The extradition of Abdikarim Muse Qalbi Dhagah, ONLF rebel commander and former Somali military officer, to Ethiopian regime was illegal, a report by parliamentary committee said on Saturday.

The report endorsed by Somali parliament on Saturday dismissed outlawing ONLF as a terrorist organization and instead credited the armed group as “group fighting for freedom of its people” in Ethiopia’s Somali region.
The parliamentary commission formed mid September to probe the circumstances under which Mr. Qalbi Dhagah was extradited, blamed Somalia’s spy agency for providing misinformation about the victim.
“Somali National Intelligence and Security Agency had provided the government leaders with wrong information and subsequently hid the case of Qalbi Dhagah from the justice department,” reads the report submitted to the House this morning.
The 15 member parliamentary committee probed and reviewed the previous so-called transfer of criminals agreement between Somalia and Ethiopian in relation to this matter.
“The government should mull over the previous deals and should keep away all matters that can lead insecurity,” the committee urged the government in its report which overwhelmingly got 152 votes out 161 of today’s session.
Qalbi Dhagah was handed over to Ethiopia on 28th August this year following a raid by Somali force on his hotel in Galkayo, central Somalia.
Days after the extradition, Somali cabinet had defended the rendition labeling as ONLF outlawed terrorist group.
The government of Ethiopia confirmed the handing over of Mr. Qalbi Dhagah, citing a security partnership treaty between Addis Ababa and Mogadishu.

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