Somali finance minister rejects summons for meeting with prosecutors

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Somali Minister of Finance Abdirahman Bayle rejected on Sunday a summons for meeting with prosecutors amid an ongoing investigation into financial crimes perpetrated over the past five years.

On Saturday, the Financial, Economic and Cyber-crimes Unit of the Somali Prosecutor-General’s office had summoned Bayle to show up for a meeting on Monday in which he would be asked questions over “financial issues.

In a letter, Bayle said he would not attend the meeting to give an opportunity for the Attorney-General to deal with the prosecutors, adding that the summons had no legal basis.

Bayle urged the Prosecutor-General’s office to “respect procedures and laws in place and designed to govern state issues and the country”.

In a video message last week, Bayle denied claims by the previous administration of President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo that it had left office while state coffers were overflowing with cash, adding that the government’s revenue was barely sufficient for salaries of soldiers and civil servants.

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