Somali federal government has for the first time commented on the arrested of 11 officials including senior police officers and intelligence officials who are accused of assisting Al-Shabaab during the group’s attack on SYL Hotel in Mogadishu.
The Deputy Attorney General Ahmed Ali speaking to the media confirmed that the government apprehended 11 officials for allegedly assisting Al-Shabab fighters and suicide bombers who blew themselves up in SYL Hotel in Mogadishu.
“These probes are underway and I expect that they will be prosecuted soon,” Ali told reporters. He added “Among those arrested is Hodan police commander Mohamed Dahir.”
The police have been investigating these allegations for over forty days because they should be brought before a court within 48 hours from the arrest date.
He said that the reason they held the press conference is to inform the world and Somali people about the allegations and why these officials have been detained.
“They are still suspects and are not guilty till court declares,” Ali said.