Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Somalia: Supreme Court Chief's Corruption Case Shrouded in Legal ... - AllAfrica.com

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The lawsuit of a Somalia's former Head Justice of the Supreme Court have been transferred over to a regional tribunal and will confront a justice on Feb. 29, the regional tribunal head said in a statement yesterday.

Sheikh Abdullahi Hajji Mohamed, president of the Bay Regional Court in Baidoa, said the lawsuit of former Head Justice Yusuf Muhammad Ali Harun and Judge Mohamed Nur Shegow was transferred over to the regional tribunal on Jan. 26.

Yusuf Muhammad Muhammad Ali Harun, former Somalian Supreme Court Head Justice

The former Head Justice and his co-worker were arrested by Somalian police force on Sept. Twenty-One last twelvemonth on corruptness allegations filed by Attorney-General Abdullahi Dahir Barre.

Both judicial functionaries were kept in a Mogadiscio jailhouse since, but transferred to a jailhouse in Baidoa last month.

The controversial apprehension intensified a political feud between President Abdullahi Yusuf and then-Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi, a stopping point associate of the former Head Justice.

Somali lawmakers in Baidoa, where parliament is based, are deeply divided over the former Head Justice's tribunal case.

MP Abdullahi Foreman have said that the Bay Regional Court "lacks the authority" to seek ex-Chief Justice Harun.

"We warn the Bay Regional Court not to interfere with this case," military policeman Foreman said.

He accused parliament Speaker Sheik Adan "Madobe" Mohamed for failing to convey to the parliament flooring a determination signed by the former Gedi authorities and supported by 100 mononuclear phagocyte system career for the contiguous release of former Head Justice Harun and Judge Shegow.

Harun's tribunal lawsuit underlines legal challenges facing the Somali transitional government, which was formed in 2004 followers peace negotiation in neighbour Kenya.

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The government, which is combating Rebels in Mogadishu, is tasked with institution-building for the first national authorities in 17 old age of lawlessness and destruction.

But the former Head Justice's lawsuit raises many legal inquiries for the government, including which tribunal should manage such as a alone lawsuit and why was Harun kept in jailhouse without facing a tribunal for nearly five months.

Many Somalis are looking at this lawsuit to see if the authorities is able to present justness in a land where the dislocation of law and order led to the complete annihilation of the legal system and the birth of warlords' unfair rule.

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