Amnesty International has today welcomed the arrest of Jubbaland Security Minister Abdirashid Nur Janan who is reasonably suspected of criminal responsibility for crimes under international law and other serious human rights violations, including obstructing humanitarian assistance.
Seif Magango, Amnesty International Deputy Director-General for East Africa illustrated that the arrest of Abdirashid Janan is a significant step towards accountability for the serious human rights violations committed with impunity for years by powerful individuals in Somalia.
UN Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group has accused Abdirashid Janan on charges of murder, torture, unlawful detention and committing illegal acts between 2014 and 2015.
The authorities must immediately bring him before a civilian court to face trial in accordance with international fair trial standards.
“The investigation and trial of Abdirashid Janan must usher in an era of justice for victims of human rights violations and their families in Somalia.” Said Seif Magango
A report by the former Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group (SEMG) in 2016 and 2017 accused Abdirashid Nur Janan of committing acts of violence between 2014 and 2017.
Abdirashid Nur Janan who was put into custody last Friday 31 August 2019 by security agencies in Mogadishu while on a flight to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Somali Police Force has also today confirmed the arrest of Abdirashid Nur Janan and affirmed that they are conducting investigations on serious crimes allegedly committed by the official.