Somali PM Warns President Against Attempts to Mislead Spy’s Murder Probe

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MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Somalia’s Prime Minister on Tuesday warned against attempts to mislead an investigation into the murder of a female spy Ikran Tahlil Farah, just a day after the President named a committee to probe the case, prompting rebuke amid escalating tensions.

In a statement, the Prime Minister said he was “aware that the murder case of Ikran Tahlil Farah was filed at the military court, that conforms with the 34th article of the national constitution which gives every person to lodge a legal case at the court without authority”.

Wrangling between Somali leaders escalated over the past weeks, nominally over the murder of a female spy, whose case the President urged to be dropped and blood money be given to her family to save his key ally, the former intelligence chief Fahad Yasin and several of his aides from prosecution. But the Prime Minister turned down the request, saying he is determined to pursue justice for Ikran Tahlil’s murder.

Roble pointed out that the legislative branch of the government should keep its hands off the case, over which the military court is expected to issue a verdict after the trial of all those said to have played a role in the killing is complete.

To name an inquiry committee for a [murder] case at court is an issue against the constitution and country’s laws,” Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble said in a statement.

It is not correct an agency, some of whose members were alleged to be come part of the probe in the case, that is threat to efforts aimed at finding justice for Ikran Tahlil.”

The President and the committee he named on Monday have not immediately commented on the Prime Minister’s statement.

Two spy officials wanted for the killing of the young female intelligence officer have been blocked from escaping and were barred boarding flights leaving the capital Mogadishu this week.

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