SOMALIAN GOVERNMENT JAILS COVID-19 MILLIONAIRES.

By Monday, Somalia had reported 3,265 and 63 deaths due to the coronavirus,this is according to Federal Minister for Health, Dr Fawzia Abikar Nur.

Following a case that drew public scrutiny in the use of the funds in April just a month after Somalia reported its first case of Covid-19,a Somali court on Monday sentenced four government officials to jail for having a hand in the theft of public funds meant for Covid-19 emergency response.

According to court documents released on Monday the Ministry of Health said in April that between Sh24,365,303 and Sh2,610,568 had been spent in unclear circumstances.

The court sentenced Abdullahi Hashi Ali, 61, the director-general of the Ministry of Health, to nine years of prison [and ordered him to pay] a fine amounting to Somali Sh 59,170,000.

Mohamoud Bulle Mohamoud, 52, the ministry’s director of administration, had been sentenced to 18 years in prison and also ordered him to pay a fine of Sh2,610,568.27.

Mahdi Abshir Mohamed, 30, the head of a project called Wacyigelinta Caafimaadka (health awareness), was sentenced to 12 years in jail and will pay a fine of the same amount.

The 34-year-old Bashir Abdi Nur who heads the ministry’s malaria and HIV/AIDS department, was sentenced to three years in prison and asked to pay a fine of Sh686,289.

The judge said the four were not entitled to bail but had a right to appeal the sentences within 30 days.

It set five suspects free after finding no clear evidence of their wrongdoing.

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