Ethiopian Authorities Arrest Ex-Ruler over Human Rights Abuses

ICC Note: A previous President to the Somali Region in Ethiopia has been arrested for human rights violations concerning recent attacks by police on Churches, government offices and civilians. The groups of police that committed these atrocities have been tied to the ex-president. 

08/28/2018 Ethiopia (All Africa) – Clashes in the Somali region of Ethiopia led to the burning of churches, looting and rape. Police and PM Abiy Ahmed stepped in, calling the chaos shameful, and arresting a former regional president.

Abdi Mohammed Omar, known as Abdi Illey, was shown on television being led out of his villa in the Ethiopian capital on Monday and into police custody, reportedly on human rights charges.

The Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) reported that the attorney general said Abdi Illey was allegedly behind the human rights violations as well as ethnic and religious clashes in the Somali region, the second largest in Ethiopia.

Abdi Illey, the former president of Ethiopia’s Somali region is a well-known politician who only resigned at the beginning of August, after 15 years in power. He had owed much of his authority to the military. His Godfather and special adviser was a Somali colonel in the national security services.

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