May 17, 2012 ·39 Comments
OPINION | May 17, 2012
Abdirahman Mohamed Dirye
Mohamed Hirsi Morgan known as “Hargiesa Butcher” is the man behind Hargiesa wide-scale massacre which constitutes a war crime and crime against humanity. He is responsible for the death of tens of thousands of innocents whose lives perished in less than a few minutes when a simultaneous ground and air bombardments begun, to protect his father-in-law’s (Siyad Barre) cruel regime; he inflicted a civilian population a maximum pain. Massively organized ethnic cleansing has not fully succeeded as conscienceless Morgan and his ilk escalated their attempt to annihilate Isaq clan but the latter not only survived but also grown in number whereas his regime declined and eventually removed from power causing his father-in-law unhappily died in forced exile.
The arrest of Ratko Mladic as well as the trail of Charles Taylor is a good sign that international justice system is functioning; however, Morgan, the brutal murderer, is still at the large. He freely travels with little fear. Instead of arresting him, the international community invited to luxurious hotel and Ritz in both Nairobi and coastal city of Mombasa, Kenya, to satisfy his greed; however, the “selective behavior” towards criminals questioned the credibility of international justice. His ugly voice only causes extreme agony to the relatives of the victims. Although the atrocities happened twenty years ago, the images of atrocities still haunts in the minds of many.
Named a Sheikh, Mohamed Hirsi Morgan is believed to be worked with Islamic Courts Union (ICU) as Sheik, so he was somewhat a jury of his victims; this added insult to injury. This brute has been committing mass killings in places like Kismayo in full view of the international justice ever since Siyad Barre was muted.
This continued negative behavior of selectively trying some war criminals and leaving others to live in “full impunity” merely serves to confirm that International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands has been politicized like the Noble Award. In any event, Somalilanders are in state of anxiety and confusion as Hargiesa Genocide survivors have no international assurances whether the victims ever be reached out or justice had been done. Morgan was supposed to be behind bars in earlier years, but his escape from world law enforcement agencies is adding insult to injury; some stories suggested that he would stand for presidency along with other remnants of Siyad Barre in the next hand-pick conference.
A group of Somaliland nationals living in the State sued General Ali Samater, the vice-president as well as defense secretary of Somalia; he faces charges of war crimes. This case alone can set a good example for other countries to follow, especially where Mr. Morgan lives— I think he lives in Kenya now— UN including Interpol’s reluctance of not bringing Somali war criminals to trial over the past 22 years may trigger mob justice sooner rather than later as the people realized the world does not want to set up Somaliland tribunal as they did in Rwanda.
People from Berbera raised charges of their father’s killing against Dahir Riyaale Kahin but charges were dropped for lack of evidence. Afterwards, he became a democratically elected president of Somaliland.
Morgan, who escaped from justice ever since Siyad forced to flee, is leading ordinary life without remorse over his victims. And this explains why so many Somalilanders are deeply cynical about the international justice system and yet did not lose faith but expect something good will happen in the immediate future; however, they received responses from places such as Mexico to carry out assassination of their behalf but rejected as that would not constitute a justice. It is time to detain War Criminals.
Now in the wake of Ratko arrest, it revived the bad memories and the need for arrest of Morgan and his faithless collaborators. Dominique Strauss Kahn in handcuffs seems to be a direct breach to “Innocent until proven” principle, but the victims of gross injustices await Morgan in handcuffs in order to see justice been served? Double standard has to cease when it comes to war crime because only justice can satisfy the grieved folks.
By Abdirahman Mohamed DiryeFollow @somalilandpress
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