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Cases against controversial Ex-Jubbaland minister Abdirashid dropped

By Zawadi Mohamed

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The Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) has dropped all cases against former Jubbaland minister for security Abdirashid Hassan Abdinur alias Abdirashid Janan.

The announcement was made public on Somalia National Television by President Mohamed Abdulahi Farmajo’s government.

The announcement came on Tuesday, a fortnight after the minister defected from Jubbaland State Government.

The circumstances under which the minister chose to collaborate with the Mogadishu administration, which he has vehemently opposed for several years are still vague.

Prior to his decision, Janan was in charge of security docket in the Jubbaland state government and ensured a close cooperation between Jubbaland security forces and Kenya Defense Forces (KDF).

Reporting from the local media outlets indicate that a letter from the federal government directed dropping all cases against Mr Janan ranging from violation of human rights to serious crimes in Gedo.

Letters from the Attorney General and the Benadir Regional Court stated that the case file of Mr Abdirashid Janan had been closed though no explanation was given as to why.

In December 2015, the Benadir Regional Court issued an arrest warrant for Mr Abdirashid Janan on charges of human rights abuses. Some of the crimes against the minister were advanced by the United Nations (UN).

The UN Somalia had accused the minister of horrific acts such as killings, torture, unlawful detention and illegal renditions between 2014 and 2015.

In 2019 October, Janan was arrested at Aden Adde International Airport but he somehow managed to escape while he was awaiting trial in Mogadishu.

His escape was termed heroic in Jubbaland State and this resulted in celebrations. 

After the escape, he landed in Kenya and booked into a hotel within Mandera. After a while, the hotel management asked him out and he rented a house in the same town where he stayed for a while with forces loyal to him.

In March last year, Somalia National Army (SNA) in an attempt to arrest the wanted minister clashed with military officers guarding him.

The day long clash caused loss of lives and property in Mandera town with both security camps recording casualties.

Abdirashid Janan was not captured then and he moved his camp into interior Mandera.

A year later, on January 26, the two forces clashed again leaving at least twelve people nursing injuries at a Mandera hospital.

Abdirashid Janan lost the majority of his soldiers to the FGS security camp operating from Bulahawa, a town neighbouring Mandera in the March clash.

After the March 16 clash, it is reported Mogadishu initiated negotiation with the wanted minister who by then was still holed up in Mandera.

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