Nairobi (WDN)- A shaken passenger (name withheld at request), has spoken to WardheerNews about a horrifying violent incident he/she witnessed inside the cabin of Qatar Airways Flight# QR 1341 coming from Doha – Nairobi, landing in Nairobi at around 11:00PM on the eve of 21 September, 2018.
The passenger described that shortly after landing for taxiing, he/she heard a commotion near the first class compartment, and quickly turned around, saw an Asian man under physical assault yelling “I’m a diplomat! I’m a UN staff!
I work for UN, please stop! please stop! as someone who later confirmed to be the Deputy Director of National Intelligence and Security Service (NISA) Mr. Fahad Yasin, snatched a phone from the Asian as at least one other person (Somali official) punched him in the chest and neck. The witness also thought they were kicking him.
“Three Qatar Airways cabin crew came running and asked the assaulting team to stop, but the Somalis had continued beating the Asian man anyway.” the witness said.
The terrified passenger further described that he/she saw the Kenyan police coming inside the plane, and one of the Somali team speaking to the police in Swahili language. Another one, a Somali team member, a heavily built and limping, reached for his suitcase nearby and gave the police a bundle of money. “The limping didn’t count the money,” the witness adds.
The passenger further stated that he/she observed the police surrounding themselves around the Asian man who spoke to them in English and in a clear, loud voice: “I’m a UN staff, and I’m a diplomat. I have an immunity; I have been assaulted by these men. Please help! Please help! Please help!” To the horror of the passenger, the police started to push the Asian man and yelled at him.
At that point, the passenger was asked to leave the plane.
Deputy director of NISA, Mr. Fahad Yasin, was the former chief of staff and the chief financier of Mr. Farmajo’s presidential campaign of 2016. Mr. Yasin is the most influential person of todays’ Somalia politics and is believed to be running the nation’s affairs, wielding undue influence over the reclusive president.
The Somali government has yet to issue a statement regarding the incident.