Somaliland officials with British passport are liable to prosecution under the UK Bribery Act, UK Deputy Ambassador to Somalia says

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    Somaliland officials with British passport are liable to prosecution under the UK Bribery Act, UK Deputy Ambassador to Somalia says

    Hargeisa- Andrew Allen, the UK Deputy Ambassador to Somalia, said the UK Bribery Act covers the Somaliland officials with dual nationality if found to have received money illegally.

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Deputy U.K. Envoy to Somalia Andrew Allen talking to local journalists
Hargeisa- Andrew Allen, the UK Deputy Ambassador to Somalia, said the UK Bribery Act covers the Somaliland officials with dual nationality if found to have received money illegally.

Senior government officials including ministers do have British passports. There are allegations of corruption levelled against government officials in relation to different issues including mega projects that were granted to the government of the United Arab Emirates.

Dubai Ports World took over the management of Berber Port in the beginning of this month.


The government also granted to the United Arab Emirates a military base which will be established in Berbera.

Both projects raised questions on transparency. Numerous people including journalists were arrested after they criticized these deals.

"It is impossible in Somaliland to hold a government official accountable,” says Guleid Ahmed Jama, the chairperson of Human Rights.

"Talking about corruption is dangerous thing in Somaliland. Media houses were shut down for reporting corruption and journalists were tried. Closure of Haatuf is an example. But the trials of the journalists of Ogaal, Hubsad and Foore newspapers are very recent examples,” he added.

This news article is written by Mohamed J Ismail who is a journalist for Somaliland Daily.




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