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Cablegate: No Jail Time for Hussein Aideed: Safely in Dubai

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PP RUEHDE RUEHROV RUEHTRO
DE RUEHAE #0891 3270709
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 230709Z NOV 07
FM AMEMBASSY ASMARA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 9267
INFO RUCNIAD/IGAD COLLECTIVE
RUCNSOM/SOMALIA COLLECTIVE
RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON 1516
RUEHFR/AMEMBASSY PARIS 1695
RUEHDE/AMCONSUL DUBAI 0086
RHMFISS/CDR USCENTCOM MACDILL AFB FL
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RUMICEA/JICCENT MACDILL AFB FL
RUEKDIA/DIA WASHDC
RUEAIIA/CIA WASHDC
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC

UNCLAS ASMARA 000891

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

LONDON, PARIS FOR AFRICA WATCHERS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL CASC ER ET SO
SUBJECT: NO JAIL TIME FOR HUSSEIN AIDEED: SAFELY IN DUBAI


On November 20, a report appeared on the Somali website
www.markacadeey.com, claiming that Eritrean officials had
arrested exiled Member of Parliament, and U.S. Citizen,
Hussein Mohammad Farah Aideed. The report alleged that the
Eritreans had arrested Aideed because he was spying for the
United States and for Ethiopia. Skeptical of the report
because Aideed was known to have departed Eritrea prior to
Eid al Fitr, Poloff asked Jama Ali Jama and Mohammad Sheikh,
two exiled Somali Members of Parliament present in Asmara,
whether they could confirm Aideed's whereabouts. Both
dismissed the claim and assured Poloff that Aideed has been
residing in Dubai since leaving Eritrea the first week of
October.
MCINTYRE

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