Somalia has sought the assistance of INTERPOL to arrest Jubbaland Security Minister Abdirashid Janan and called on the Kenyan government to arrest and extradite the minister who escaped from custody in Mogadishu last week.
Somali Police Force said Tuesday it had issued the international warrant to ensure Janan who arrived in Kenya this past week after escaping from Mogadishu and travelling by boat to Kismayu is arrested and tried in Somalia.
“The Federal Government has via INTERPOL issued an official request for international warrant for wanted fugitive Abdirashid Hassan Abdinur,” the statement read in part.
The statement added Somali police had also requested Kenya to arrest and hand over Janan ‘who is wanted for several serious crimes including international human rights violations, massacres of innocent civilians and illegally escaping government custody.’
Noting that Janan was a fugitive who posed ‘grave danger to the people of Somalia,’ the police added continued hosting of Janan by Kenya would hamper relations between the two countries.
“The Federal Republic of Somalia places great importance on maintaining good relations with its neighbouring countries and the harbouring of a dangerous fugitive could seriously jeorpadise the good relations that has (sic) so far existed between Kenya and Somalia,” the statement read.
The international red notice by Somali police on Janan comes a day after Amnesty International called on the Kenyan government to arrest and hand over Janan to face prosecution in Somalia.
Police opened charges on Janan last October after he was arrested in Mogadishu while on transit abroad.
But the former district commissioner in Gedo region who was later appointed security minister by president Ahmed Madobe escaped late January from custody in Mogadishu and was received by Jubbaland government officials about three days later before he boarded a plane to Nairobi.