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Somalia: Attorney General issues anti-corruption warnings

Mogadishu (SD) – Somalia’s Attorney General Suleiman Mohamed Mohamud held a press conference in Mogadishu to report on an investigation into corruption cases initially launched at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, then spread to other Ministries and other government agencies, businessmen, and private companies, which recently got charged by Benadir Regional Court.

The Attorney General issued a warning to Government Ministers, Director Generals of Ministries, Commercial Banks, Remittances and other financial institutions registered with the Central Bank of Somalia, that they will prosecute the offices they are responsible for in accordance with the Somali Penal Code and the country’s Finance Law.

“Ministries should refrain from dealing with companies that do not have a legal existence and do not provide services, government officials should not establish their own companies or own shares in the same office that provides service to their offices.” Said the Attorney General.

Meanwhile, the Office of the Attorney General said it was investigating other corruption cases involving ministries and other government agencies.

Finally, all Somali citizens, including staff of various offices, are instructed to report corruption and other crimes to the various branches of the Office of the Attorney General and to the police in accordance with the Somali Penal Code.

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