London, April 10, 2004 (SL Times) – Reports from sources close to the leader
of Majerteenia, Col. Abdillahi Yusuf have said that he is having serious
health problems. News initially reached us that he was in a coma and was
airlifted to a hospital in the United Arab Emirates. But recently Abdillahi
Yusuf denied those reports to the BBC Somali Service. He did admit though
that he is going to the United Kingdom for medical reasons.
The colonel may want to fix his health problems in London, but it seems very
likely that he will run into legal problems there because a case for the
murder of Sultan Ahmad Mahammad Mahamud (Hurre) had been filed against him
in the UK. Sultan Hurre was murdered on Aug.17, 2002 by Col. Abdillahi
Yusuf's militia. Sultan Hurre's family contends that Col. Abdillahi Yusuf
gave the order to kill Sultan Hurre.
Col. Abdillahi Yusuf's legal and health problems come on the heels of his
failure to steer the Nairobi conference in a direction favorable to him.