The self-proclaimed Somali government has never had a more tireless advocate than the United Nations, which has been cheering them ever since they were a group of exiles hanging out in a Kenyan hotel. The UN Monitoring Group on Somalia, however, is pushing a new “confidential” report that throws this relationship into serious doubt.
The report claims that they have obtained evidence that President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed gave a special “diplomatic passport” to one of the top leaders of a Somali pirate faction, preventing the international community from arresting him when he traveled abroad.
The pirate king in question, Mohamed Abdil Hassan Afweyne arrived in Malaysia on a trip in April, waving the passport around and bragging that it was given to him on direct orders of President Ahmed, nominally so he would engage in “counter-piracy.”
President Ahmed his written a letter to the UN condemning the report as “one-sided,” though he didn’t appear to contest any of the actual allegations in the document. Somali officials have so far declined comment on the issue to the media.
2 thoughts on “Somali President Gave Top Pirate Diplomatic Passport to Block Arrest”
Memo to the president of Ecuador: Issue Julian Assange a diplomatic passport!
Awhile back I suggested Assange be given a job at the embassy in London where he's holed up, which would give him diplomatic immunity. This ploy is even better!
took a lesson form Israel
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