The Secretary of State of the United States
2201 C Street
Washington, DC 20520
May 19, 2011
It gives me a great pleasure and particular honor to forward to you here with my sincere greetings and salutations and at the same time commend to you the wonderful and effective job that you are doing as Secretary of State. Having said that, I am writing this letter to you as the former Somali Ambassador to the United States to inform you a grave and disturbing matter concerning the illegal detention of Colonel Barre Adan Shire (Barre Hiiraale) on May 5, 2011 by Ethiopian authority. Col. Barre Hiiraale was the former minister of defense and currently a member of the Somali transitional parliament.
Madam Secretary, it is not the first time, that Ethiopian government has illegally imprisoned parliamentarians, government officials, and ordinary Somalis by snatching them inside Somalia. The Ethiopian actions is a direct contravention of international law and naked violation of the Somali sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Madam Secretary, It is worth to note that Col. Barre Hiiraale was engaged a fierce battle against extremist organization Al-shabaab the Al-Qaeda affiliated outfit that is in virtual control of southern Somalia and particularly Gedo region. When Col. Barre Hiiraale succeeded to eject Al-shabaab from three major towns in Gedo region, all over sudden the Ethiopian authority arrested him without any legal justification inside Somali territory. It is clear that the Ethiopian government is siding with the extremists Al-shabaab against Col. Barre Hiiraale the only individual in the transitional federal institutions who is willing to fight against Al-Shabaab and their extremist ideology.
Madam Secretary, the majority of Somalis in the United States and throughout the world are extremely dismayed by the unlawful imprisonment of Col. Barre Hiiraale. Therefore, I most diligently request the assistance of your esteemed office to intercede on behalf of Col. Barre Adan Shire (Barre Hiiraale) to be released the earliest possible time by the Ethiopian authorities.
Thank you in advance for your assistance in this matter.
The former Somali Ambassador to the United States.
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