Prosecution files additional charges on Abdi Illey and other conspirators

Abdi Mohammed Omar, known as Abdi Illey, former president of the volatile Somali region was arrested a few months ago for allegedly being behind the human rights violations as well as the ethnic and religious clashes that have happened in the region. Somali region is Ethiopia's second-largest but also one of its most unstable, and human rights groups have repeatedly accused Abdi's government of using its Liyu police force to carry out abuses. Other senior officials of the regional government were also arrested along with Ato Abdi suspected of the same crimes. After investigating the case for months, compiling evidence and interviewing witnesses the police filed additional charges on Abdi Illey and 47 co-conspirators. The new charges compile allegations for inciting violence using social media and obstruction of justice that led to deaths of hundreds of people in Jigjiga including priests and members of the Orthodox Church, and destruction of religious, public and private properties. The group, known as ‘Hego’ was influential on Facebook for inciting riots and hate crimes among residents of the town and also warned the law enforcement to not take any actions.