Ethiopia: Former police chief of Somali region arrested

ESAT News (August 30, 2018)

The former police chief for the Somali region in eastern Ethiopia was arrested and brought to a court in Addis Ababa today.

Ferhan Tahir was accused of organizing and directing an armed youth group known as Heego that has allegedly killed several people and burnt churches and properties in recent weeks in Jijiga, the region’s capital.

He has also allegedly armed nine Heego commanders that unleashed attacks in Jijiga killing several people.

Thirty people were killed early this month and several properties as well as churches were set ablaze in Jijiga in an attack by the Heego and the Liyou Police aligned with the former regional president, Abdi Illey.

Illey has also been brought to a court today for the second time since his arrest on Monday. He complained of prison food and asked the court to be granted bail.

Police meanwhile demand the court additional 14 days on both cases to further their investigations

The court was adjourned after denying bail to the defendants allowing police the requested additional 14 days.