HC Deb 21 April 1950 vol 474 cc45-6W
Mr. Peter Freeman

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that the President of the Somali Youth League, Mussa Bogor, and the Vice-President, Haji Dirie Herze, were waylaid and stabbed in the streets of Mogadishu by the adherents of Italy on 7th March; whether these men recovered or succumbed to their injuries; and whether any arrests were made by the British Administration.

Mr. Ernest Davies

Neither the President, nor the Vice-President of the Somali Youth League was involved in the incident to which my hon. Friend refers. Mussa Bogor and Haji Dirie Herze, who are both prominent in Somali politics and who were known to be members of the Somali Youth League, were attacked in the streets of Mogadishu on 6th March by tribesmen of the Hawiya group, which contains a number who support the return of Italian administration. I am glad to say they both quickly recovered from their injuries, which were of a minor nature. Eight persons were arrested, of whom one was convicted of assault.