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Somaliland’s Canadian central Bank Governor using local courts to Muzzel media

Hargeisa(SD)-Somaliland’s central Bank Governor, Ali Ibrahim Jama also known as Baghdadi, is a retired Canadian Banker from Toronto and is currently involved in attempt to crush the media’s ability to report corruption in Hargeisa Somaliland.

Reporters of the leading Somaliland Website Hadhwanaag news have been called to the Somaliland’s attorney General’s office to face accusations made by Mr. Baghdadi.

Somaliland Media recently chronicled Mr. Baghdadi’s building projects in Hargeisa, which he allegedly funded with money provided to him by the Somaliland President Muse Bihi in order to facilitate reconciliation meetings with Mr.. Baghdadi’s opposition clan, which he used to belong.

Mr. Baghdadi, in an attempt to thwart normal practice, did not want to go through civic courses as per the law, but rather weaponized the criminal courts in order to muzzle the freedom of the press. 

Mr. Baghdadi’s large building project in Hargeisa allegedly funded with corruption money  

The Somaliland constitution Article 32: Freedom of Public Demonstration, Expression of Opinion, Press and other Media reads in part that The press and other media are part of the fundamental freedoms of expression and are independent. All acts to subjugate them are prohibited, and a law shall determine their regulation.

According to Hadhwanaag News webmaster Mr. Ahmed Nasir Farah, they have contacted both the Canadian Media Advocates and the Canadian foreign Affairs Ministry in order to file complaints against the Apparent abuse of power by a Canadian Citizen in a foreign land.

“We did not expect a Canadian Banker will be engaging in an apparent attempt to use a local Kangaroo court to shut media down, one of the first things people pick up when they come to  Canada is the sanctity and the freedom of the press, we do not understand Mr. Baghdadi’s behavior as a fellow Canadians, he should be promoting Canadian values and not acting like a despot ” Said Mr. Farah.

The Central Bank governor Ali Ibrahim Nur is apparently a Canadian Banker who is etired, has a family and a home in Toronto Canada. 

somalidispatch.com will follow up the development of this story, as we ourselves have reported on Mr. Baghdadi’s corruption allegation.

Article 32: Freedom of Public Demonstration, Expression of Opinion, Press and other Media reads in part that The press and other media are part of the fundamental freedoms of expression and are independent. All acts to subjugate them are prohibited, and a law shall determine their regulation.

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  1. MR. Bagdhadi’s working under difficult circumstances since JSL’s is unrecognized and henceforth the SL media should understand the difficult political stance of Somaliland’s defacto-dejure situations. Simply said Somalidispatch.com must not be so drastic by undermining MR Baghdadi’s good public services performances.
    cheers.

  2. Mr,Ali Jama was never a canadian banker, he never ever worked in Canada. Mr Ali worked for the Somali commercial and investment bank in Mogadisho during the mid seventies where he was awarded a scholarship by the bank to study economics and banking in Iraq. The scholarship was a grant sponsored by the Arab league.When he completed his studies, Ali didn’t go back to Somalia, instead he chose to go to the United Arab Emirates to try his luck and seek for an opportunity in the then booming banking sector of that country. He succeeded and in 1981 was hired by the Arab African Bank in Abudhabi . He climbed the ladder of promotion after promotion until finally he was a manager when he retired in 2015 after 34 years of successful banking service mostly as a high ranking officer. Mr Ali had shares, and invested wisely in companies and businesses, has his hard earned savings during those long years and at the end of his service collected his benefits from the bank , a considerable sum of money. So it is not by any means strange for a guy like him to construct one or two buildings in Hargeisa.

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