Somali President under scrutiny after pardoning “Shabaab linked General”
Mogadishu (Harar24) – Somali President, Hassan Sheikh Mahamud, has come under scrutiny after pardoning a Somali General, Abdi Mohamed Ismail of the Custodial Corps, who was accused of freeing many alleged Al-Shabaab inmates.
Gen. Abdi Mohamed Ismail, who was the former chief of the Custodial Corps was serving a life sentence after having been arrested and sentenced to life in front of a Military court on December 2012 for treason. The General however fled the country after having been sentenced to avoid imprisonment; eventually upon his return to Somalia he was arrested.
Despite all the accusations leveled at the General, Mr. Ismail was released last Thursday after serving a meager six months, due to interference from clan elders. Mr. Ismail while dressed in his military outfit spoke to the media and expressed his joy and happiness, while thanking the prison guards for their good treatment and the President for his pardon.
The chief of Mr. Ismail’s clan also spoke to media and thanked the President for accepting their request to release their “son”.
This move by President Hassan Sheikh Mahamud, has sparked outrage among his opponents, who accuse the President of not keeping his words when he promised that he would not release anyone found guilty of a crime related to Al-Shabaab. Others have also accused the President of releasing Mr. Ismail who has the backing of strong clan whom the President wishes to appease in order to attain votes.