Somalia’s Prosecutor General’s Office: “Over 20 Officials Arrested on Corruption Charges”

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – The office of Somali Prosecutor General has for the first time detailed media reports about officials arrested on charges involving corruption –in a move that widely affected government ministries.

The Prosecutor General Suleman Mohamed says the office along with the National Auditor Office arrested over 20 individuals charged with corruption cases at the Ministry of Health, which later spilled over into other government institutions.

Among the arrested individuals were director generals, department directors, heads of projects being implemented by the Ministry of Health, senior advisors, and heads of private companies in cooperation with the Ministry, businesspeople and employees.

The Prosecutor General’s Office stresses that it had obtained documents including receipts, cheques and contracts signed to cover up corruption.

In addition to the detention, Mr. Saleman says accounts of individuals charged with corruption have been suspended and are being investigated –owned by companies suspected of corruption.

The Somali Prosecutor General believes that the government has followed the right track in arresting these officials on corruption charges, adding that their cases will be passed to courts with authority to try them.

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