Somali security forces arrested Abdirahman Abdishakur overnight over alleged treason – UM




Mogadishu (UM) – Somali security foces have arrested a previous MP on Sunday night after a fierce clash with his security guards, the security service said on Monday. Abdirahman Abdishakur, the previous Minister of Planning was captured at his home. He is blamed for conspiracy to create political instability and treason.

According to internal sources, Abdishakur challenged his capture, compelling security powers to strike his home prompting a clash with his body guards.

The raid which began late on Sunday night at around 11:00 p.m. local time has led to a deadly gunfire between NISA and bodyguards which lasted for about 40 minutes, according to the security sources.

The arrest of Abdishakur came hours after the country’s Attorney General Ahmed Ali Dahir accused two Federal MPs of treason and asked for the Somali Parliament to strip their immunity for prosecution.

NISA officers blocked the main streets in Mogadishu on Monday morning following the capture of the former MP and politician who has been a vocal critic for the Somali government in the past few months.

“At around 11 am our security forces, who had a legal warranty  came to the house of Abdirahman Abdishakur. In any case, the people at the house did not comply with the directions to inspect the house. Abdirahman Abdishakur who was the prime target was inside the house. He plainly challenged his arrest warranty and in the end, his security guards began shooting at the authorities and that instigated the two sides to trade fire,” said Abdulaziz Hildhiban, who is the spokes-person of the ministry of internal security further adding that government forces succeeded catching Abdishakur Warsame safely and seized equipment with him in which he indicated will help authorities in their examination as suggested by the law. Mr Hildhibaan pinpointed that the government security forces accomplished their work in accordance with the constitution and nobody is exempt from the laws that apply to everyone else.”


The detention of Mr Shakuur coincided with the Attorney General’s measure to indict two sitting MPs, Abdinasir Shuriye and Hassan Moalim Mohamed, for treachery. It is alleged that the two MPs were plotting to bring an impeachment motion against the President with the financial support of foreign entities. As a result of any action, the Attorney General cannot bring charges against the two MPs unless their parliamentary immunity is withdrawn.