Published on August 7th, 2014 | by Sima Sahar Zerehi0
Mohamed Hassan Ismail Farah, Somalia’s new police boss, was on Canada’s suspected war criminals list
Members of Canada’s Somali community are expressing outrage that Somalia’s new police commissioner is a former Canadian refugee claimant who was identified by Ottawa in 2011 as a suspected war criminal.
Mohamed Hassan Ismail Farah came to Canada via the United States in 1991 following the downfall of the Siad Barre government. In Canada, he filed a refugee claim based on fear of being persecuted “because of his clan membership and his employment in the Somali Police Force under the Barre regime.”
“It’s very shocking, I can’t believe it,” said Mohamed Urdoh, a Toronto-based Somali-Canadian author and journalist specializing in human rights research.
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