Auditor-General’s Life at risk following investigations into illegal fishing
Mogadishu, Somalia (SOMALI AGENDA)–Mystery surrounds a South Korean flagged Fishing trawler that was caught illegally fishing in Somali waters on January 11th in Mogadishu.
The fishing trawler named Poseidon was carrying 37 workers and up to 130-tons of illegal fish worth almost $2 million at the time of interception by the Somali Coast Guard. Authorities believe the ship was forced to make an emergency stop at Mogadishu’s International Port after it ran out of fuel.
The ship’s positions tracking obtained by SOMALI AGENDA shows that the fishing trawler was illegally fishing in Somali waters since last month and has extensively fished throughout the regions between Southern Mudug all the way around Lower Shabelle.
The ship which has since been released in mysterious circumstances has raised many questions in the media. Initial investigations done by SOMALI AGENDA reveal permission to fish was granted by the Chief Justice of Banadir Court operating under the order of the country’s Attorney-General Ahmed Ali Dahir.
On Tuesday, Somalia’s Auditor General Nur Farah held a press conference in which he directly accused the Presidential Palace of disrupting his work and for threatening his life following investigations into the fishing trawler. Sources tell SOMALI AGENDA President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud’s Chief of Staff Ali Omar popularly known as Ali Balcad has personally threatened and limited movements of the Auditor-General.
Both Ali Omar and the Attorney-General Ahmed Ali Dahir are considered trusted henchmen of Somalia’s powerful outgoing Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Farah Sheikh Abdulkadir.
Investigations done by the Bloomberg BUSINESSWEEK last month revealed that a murky deal signed by former Natural Resources and current senior adviser to Somalia’s President, Minister Abdirizak Omar Mohamed gave fishing rights to ex U.K. soldiers.