Somali government has arrested the former chairman of the Yaaqshid District Court following the submission of corruption charges by the Somali Attorney General’s Office on Tuesday. The charges were presented to the Banadir Regional Court in Mogadishu.
The unnamed accused official has been sent to a temporary prison while the investigation is completed, after which his trial will commence, the office said in a statement.
In recent weeks, nearly a dozen senior Somali government officials have gone missing, prompting concerns that they may be attempting to evade potential prosecution. This group of disappeared officials includes two Director Generals, one Department Head, and five staffers, with some believed to be located in Turkey and Kenya. In total, eight officials are currently unaccounted for.
President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre have launched a high-profile campaign against corruption, signing multiple anti-corruption directives and taking action against individuals involved in corruption-related crimes.