Somalia Chief Justice accuses government of undermining justice system
Mogadishu (Harar24) – Controversy has arisen concerning the recent appointment of the new Somali attorney general and attempts by the government to modernize the justice system.
Aidid Abdullahi Ilka-Hanaf, Somalia’s Chief of Justice, in a news conference blasted the government which he accused of undermining the country’s judiciary in order to gain absolute power over it. “I’ve heard of the recent meetings held at hotels in Mogadishu, which claim to form constitutional court committees and judicial services committees, when the participants don’t belong to the justice sector” Ilka-Hanaf said. “These committees may be formed and we can be replaced, as long as it is in accordance with the constitution, which this isn’t” he added.
The Justice Chief further criticized the recent appointment of Ahmed Ali Dahir as Attorney General by the Somali President, which according to Ilka-Hanaf “is an unconstitutional move and unapproved by the judiciary”. “My attention was brought to a man claiming to be the attorney general, which is completely void because it was unapproved by the judiciary services”.
On the other hand the Somali Attorney General, Ahmed Dahir, strongly denied the accusations of the government wanting to undermine the justice system leveled by Ilka-Hanaf and dismissed it as “baseless”.
The disagreement between the judiciary system and the government began since the appointment of the recent Attorney General, who’s accused by many as being used by the government to take away the independence of the judiciary system.