August 27, 2018 – Former president of the Ethiopian Somali regional state, Abdi Mohamed Omer, a.k.a. Abdi Illey, has been arrested according to the latest reports. According to previous reports, Abdi Illey has been in custody of the federal government since the beginning of this month. It has not been announced how the former regional president was taken to Addis Ababa and why his arrest is now being announced.
According to reports, he was arrested in his home at the Atlas Hotel. Prior to the formal arrest, it is not known whether he had house arrest in his home or not.
Abdi Illey has been president of the regional state of Ethiopian Somali since 2005. He was chairman of the Somali People's Party (SPDP) when he was held.
Abdi Illey has for a long time had a conflict with the regional state leaders of Oromia. His militia Liyu police repeatedly clashed with Oromia state militias on and off in the last few years caused thousands of displaced people.
Ethiopia's current leaders have accused the former leaders of the Somali state of widespread human rights violations and corruption at various levels. In a press conference on August 24, Dr. Abiy Ahmed that opponents were tortured and capitals in cages were kept as animals.
It has also been announced that the Council of Ethiopian Somali regional state stripped immunity from seven of its members, including Abdi Mohamed Omer on suspicion of links with recent violence in the regional state.
In addition to Abdi Illey, who stripped of immunity onclude, Abdijemal Kelonbi, head of Justice Bureau, Rahma Mohammed, head of the Office for women and children, Ibrahim Mehd, head of the Education Bureau, Deck Abdulahi, deputy head of the Water Resource Development Bureau, Ibrahim Mohammed Mubarek, mayor of Jigjiga, and Omer Abdi, political party Head of the Ethiopian Somali Democratic Party (ESPDP).