Cairo, May 22, 2004 (SL Times) – Somalia’s envoy to the Arab League, Mr.
Abdillahi Hasan has accused Abdiqasim Salad Hasan, the Mogadishu-based Arta
faction leader, of plotting to kill him in Mogadishu.
Abdiqasim Salad Hasan's Foreign Minister, Yusuf Dheeg, informed Ambassador Hasan
that he had been relieved of his position as Somalia’s envoy to the Arab
In a letter faxed to him by Mr. Dheeg earlier this month, Ambassador
Abdillahi Hassan was asked to report to the foreign ministry in Mogadishu.
Mr. Hasan was also told that he will be assigned a position within Salad’s
foreign office. However the envoy says that he declined to comply with the
instructions in the fax letter after he became aware of a plot to liquidate
him as soon as he arrived in Mogadishu.
Last week press reports circulating in the Middle East confirmed that
Ambassador Abdillahi Hasan was still in Cairo. In one of these reports which
was carried by al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper, Mr Abdillahi Hasan is
quoted as saying he was not bound by Abdiqasim Salad’s orders, and that he will
continue serving Somalia in the Arab League until a legitimate central
government is formed for the country.
The envoy disclosed that Abdiqasim Salad Hasan misappropriated huge amounts of aid,
both in cash and in kind, that had been donated by Arab countries for the
assistance of the Somali people.
The Ambassador claimed that he had in his possession various documents
implicating Abdiasim Salad Hasan in the embezzlement of Arab aid intended for
Somalia. Mr. Abdillahi Hasan stressed that since Abdiqasim Salad Hasan's mandate expired in
August last year, he is no longer the president
Arab League spokesman Husam Zaki told reporters, last week, that the
case of Somalia’s envoy was being studied. “The Arab League doesn’t want to
be seen taking sides and hence will observe neutrality,” Mr. Zaki added.