GOOBJOOG NEWS|MOGADISHU: The UN has called for the due legal process in the murder of female spy agent Ikran Farah lending support to the push by Prime Minister Mohamed Roble to transmit the matter to the courts.
A statement from the UN following the visit of Deputy UN Secretary-General Amina Mohamed to Mogadishu Saturday where she met both PM Roble and outgoing President Mohamed Farmaajo noted the UN senior official fronted for legal recourse.
“When asked about the case of government agent Ms. Ikran Tahlil Farah, the Deputy Secretary-General said the rule of law and access to justice are critical to protection from violence and are the right of all women,” the statement read in part.
The remarks which come at the height of a political storm over the death of the female agent is seen as a boost to the PM’s quest for the matter to be handled by the military court. Farmaajo is reportedly pushing for a ‘blood money’ settlement amid indications that he is shielding his political ally Fahad Yasin who has been variously accused of a cover-up.
However, Somalis weighing in on the matter have questioned the rationale for blood money when no one has admitted to killing Ikran. The militant group Al-Shabaab threw the ball back to Yasin noting it was not responsible for the supposed killing of Ikran.
The deceased agent’s father Dr. Tahlil Farah demanded Saturday that the intelligence agency NISA either produces her daughter alive or ‘give us the body’, noting he was not convinced by NISA’s explanation.
The Ikran case has reverberated across government heralding a bitter fall-out between Farmaajo and Roble. Attempts to reconcile them on Thursday hit a brick wall after each side stood ground.