MOGADISHU, Somalia – The president of Somalia is forming a committee to investigate a spy who was declared dead by the country’s National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA), although the time and circumstances of his death remain unknown.
President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo’s security agency said earlier this month that intelligence agent Ikran Tahlil Farah, who went missing in June, had been abducted and killed by al-Shabab militants.
However, al-Shabab denied responsibility for Farah’s fate, while Farah’s mother blamed NISA for her daughter’s death.
The mother, Kali Mohammad Guhad, rejected the president’s committee, which would include a representative from the intelligence agency.
“It’s meaningless, it’s obsolete,” Guhad told VOA Somali on Tuesday. “It simply came to our notice then. I was crying for three months. It’s not something I accept. ”
Guhad said he had placed his trust in the military court investigating Farah’s disappearance.
Political analyst Abdimalik Abdullahi said only the military could handle such cases, arguing that other Somali courts could not be impartial and administer justice.
“Only a military court can handle mysterious and high-profile cases, such as Tahlil, who was himself a senior government official,” he told VOA.
The president, however, is moving forward with his committee. The head of state instructed the five-member team to present a report after the investigation so that he could ensure justice.
Abdirshid Hasi, press director at the president’s office, said the investigation committee, chaired by the attorney general, would be appointed by the prosecutor of the main military court and would include representatives from the army, Nisa and police.
Harun Maruf of VOA’s Somali Service contributed to this report.