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.
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.