The National Security Council of Somalia's Transitional Federal Government (TFG) held a meeting at Villa Somalia last night to press charges against some members of parliament (MPs), who publicly criticized President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed .The alleged MPs are accused of telling the local media that the president and his prime minister are secretly working with al-Shabaab insurgents, who are seen as a proxy of al Qaeda in Somalia and included in US list of terrorist groups, as well as misusing funds given by Sudan and United Arab of Emirates (UAE) to bribe MPs to win the general elections to be held in mid-August.
A junior officer speaking on condition of anonymity to terror free somalia said that Sheikh Sharif convened a meeting senior national security officials behind closed doors and produced a list containing the names of former civil war leaders who are now members of the TFG parliament and asked for arrest warrants against them.The recently established judicial system states that “a member of parliament cannot be arrested unless he/she commits treason i.e. giving out important government secrets, spying for the enemies and enticing the public against the government for political gains."
If proven guilty, the accused members can lose their seats since their publicized false information can damage the government. Parliament Speaker Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden is also rumored to be on that list due to well known rift between him and the president.This will be the first time since the establishment of the TFG that a member of parliament is arrested or charged in court.
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