Controversial figure with human rights violation appointed as head of Somalia Police
Mogadishu (Harar24) – Ripples of shock went through the Somali public including the Somali diaspora community, after an astonishing move by the Somali Prime Minister who recently appointed Mohamed Hasan Farah to the position of Head of Somali Police Force, despite being known for his grave abuses against human rights during the time of the Siad Barre regime.
Mohamed Hasan Farah, who became well-known as “Ilke-sibe” literally meaning “tooth puller” for brutally pulling teeth out of his victims as a torture technique, was assigned as a top intelligence general during Mohamed Siad Bare’s reign and was notorious for cracking down and viciously torturing and executing dissidents of Bare’s dictator regime.
After the fall of Bare’s regime Mohamed Hasan Farah sought refugee status in Canada in 1991 which he was granted in 1992. Not long after he was spotted in Toronto by some of his victims whom he personally tortured and two survivors who were sentenced to death but were spared after pressure from Amnesty International.
The two survivors known as Abdi Mohamed Ismail and Yusuf Mohamed Ise who were featured in a documentary in the 90’s said they were tortured by Farah after they and five other teenagers were abducted from their homes, in the documentary they explained and showed how they were tortured while also displaying marks of torture, including teeth that were pulled out.
Ever since being appointed as head of police numerous people have began bringing to light the torture, punishment and rape which Farah personally committed or directly ordered and supervised during his time as head of the Criminal Investigation Department in the capital during the eighties.