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Abdikarim Muse “Qalbi-Dhagah” lands for the first time in Mogadishu since his 'illegal extradition' to Ethiopia by Hassan Ali Khaire's led government.
MOGADISHU, Somalia - Abdikarim Sheikh Muse, also known as “Qalbi-Dhagah”, has returned to Mogadishu since his illegal extradition to Ethiopia by Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo’s government.
The ONLF commander was welcomed by government ministers and other senior officials at the Adan Adde International Airport, where he was forcefully extradited from while blindfolded more than four years ago to Ethiopia.
The Somali parliament later declared the extradition of Abdikarin Qalbidhagah to Ethiopia to be unlawful and unconstitutional, but the Cabinet led by then-Prime Minister Hassan Ali Kheyre rejected the ruling.
During the term of Farmaajo’s first Prime Minister, Hassan Ali Khaire, ONLF, and its members, including “Qalbi-Dhagah”, were branded as a terrorist group by the Somali government.
Early this year, current Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble and his Cabinet have de-listed the Ogaden National Liberation Front [ONLF] as a terror group.
In previous statements, Qalbidhagah talked of 'the betrayal' he suffered at the hands of the Somali government after the Ethiopian government released him without prosecution.
ONLF describes itself as a national liberation organization fighting for the rights of the Somali people in Ogaden, Ethiopia.
Mohamud last month urged citizens to stay away from areas controlled by Al-Shabaab as government forces supported by local clan militias launched offensives in Hiraan.