Former Somali 1st minister and current adviser to UAE on Somalia affairs distance Himself from Motion Against Government

08 Jun 2015, New York City, New York State, USA --- New York, United States. 8th June 2015 -- Prime Minister of Somalia Mr Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke talks about Amisom's progress fighting Al Shabaab in Somalia. -- A press briefing by His Excellency Maman S. Sidikou, Special Representative of the Chair of the African Union Commission for Somalia, and the Prime Minister of Somalia Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, spoke about Somalia's progress fighting Al Shabaab. --- Image by © Brittany Somerset/Demotix/Corbis

Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke former Somali Prime Minister has distanced himself from alleged motion against the current Federal of Somalia.

Speaking to VOA Somali Service, Sharmarke has denied the allegations as baseless, saying he has contributed to the victory of President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo in Feb 8 polls.

Sharmarke who is now a member of Somalia’s Upper House chamber of Parliament slammed the detention of Abdirahman Abdishakur, a former Presidential runner, and Minister.

He called for the immediate release of Abdishakur who is currently in government custody for the third day and appeared before a court in Mogadishu on Tuesday, facing treason charges.

NISA forces have detained the ex-planning minister during a deadly raid on his residence near Mogadishu’s Aden Abdulle Airport Monday night.

The operation took place hours after Somali general prosecutor Ahmed Ali Dahir has ordered authorities to crack down some lawmakers, accused of treason.

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