Complaint case to be lodged at ICC against Somalia’s President

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Somalia’s former deputy prosecutor general Mukhtar Nur said on Friday that he and other law experts had filed a case against the incumbent President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo at the International Criminal Court (ICC), accusing him of abuses including killings.

In an interview with Goobjoog TV, the former official noted an attack that had claimed the lives of the bodyguards of Wadajir opposition party leader Abdirahman Abdishakur in 2017 and the murder of female spy Ikran Tahlil as basis for the complaint against Farmajo.

It is the first publicly known communication against the Somali President to the ICC, whose critics now say he is trying to use armed force to rig elections in an attempt to sweep to power his key allies, including his National Security Advisor Fahad Yasin.

Mukhtar says Farmajo is exerting major efforts in evading justice and his meddling in the ongoing parliamentary polls is a testament for his plans, adding that securing another term in office will not be a sufficient immunity.

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