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UN Financial Support for AU Peace Missions: Somalia’s Crucial Test

The transition of the AU Mission in Somalia (ATMIS), scheduled to conclude in December, might serve as an experimental ground. The African Union is contemplating soliciting funds for a successor mission under Resolution 2719. Insiders from the Institute for Security Studies hint that this new mission could widen the spectrum and reach of troop-contributing nations, possibly bringing in forces from East and Southern Africa.Can Resolution 2719 be tapped to bankroll a post-ATMIS operation? Is that the wisest use of the…

FBI Storms Home in Feeding Our Future Fraud Case Amidst Bribery Probe

Neighbours reported glimpsing FBI agents, some hefting assault rifles, popping in and out of the Savage residence toting bags. This bust occurred mere hours after the jury commenced deliberations and was tied to Farah. Branded the “ringleader” of the swindle, Farah, co-owner of Empire Cuisine in Shakopee, is accused of skimming $8 million from the $250 million allegedly filched from the federal meal program. Federal prosecutor Joe Thompson depicted Farah as masterminding an elaborate fraud rigmarole, involving money…

Mogadishu Court Exonerates Two Senior Ministry of Labor Officials in High-Profile Corruption Trial

Mogadishu (AX) - On Tuesday, the Banadir region's Appeals Court cleared two ex-directors from the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of corruption allegations. Presiding Judge Sayid Ali Mohamed declared that Abdullahi Mohamed Ali and Mohamed Adde Mukhtar were found innocent. Thus, he directed the involved authorities to release them and reinstate their liberty.On the flip side, the court handed Abdiwahid Muhsin Ibrahim, a Ministry of Labor staffer, a three-year sentence. Cash meant for the government landed in his personal…

Juror Expelled from Major Fraud Case After Receiving $120,000 Bribe

Thompson recounted that the juror’s abode was unoccupied at the moment of the episode; instead, her father-in-law was there when the woman swung by. "She dropped off a bag declaring, 'This is for Juror 52,'" Thompson relayed to Brasel. "'Another bag will follow if she votes for acquittal.'" Discovering the occurrence upon her return, the juror promptly informed law enforcement, Thompson added. Authorities handed the cash-filled sack to the FBI. Thompson refrained from clarifying if the purported bribe targeted all…

Defendant in Feeding Our Future Fraud Case Takes the Stand: Eyewitnesses Detail Distribution of Food

During his testimony, which kicked off around 4:15 p.m., Mukhtar detailed his life in a Kenyan refugee camp as a kid, coming to the United States with his family, and moving around often as a child. He shared about his experience selling President Barack Obama T-shirts in high school and working as a software engineer at Microsoft before launching his own software consulting firm in 2018."I've always wanted to be an entrepreneur," Mukhtar stated. "I've been doing it since high school on the side."The court adjourned before…

Wrapping Up: Prosecutors Set to Conclude Feeding Our Future Trial with Testimony from Over 30 Witnesses

The legal team for the seven accused individuals is now presenting their own evidence to demonstrate how they supported children throughout Minnesota with meals. Were they conducting legitimate businesses with lax bookkeeping, as their lawyers claim, or were they involved in a sophisticated scheme to defraud the government? These two narratives have been at the center of the Feeding Our Future trial, with federal prosecutors bringing forth numerous financial documents and program forms to support their allegations. As the…

Mogadishu High Court Wraps Up Dramatic Second Trial Session in Notable Homicide Case

In Mogadishu, the Court of Appeal of the Banadir region wrapped up the second hearing of Sayid Ali Moalim Daud's defense. Daud had previously received a death sentence for setting his pregnant wife on fire. The court mentioned that the final decision would be made soon, without specifying a date. Ali Halane, Daud's lawyer, expressed optimism that the appeal court would reach a different verdict than the Banadir regional court. He stated that if they were unhappy with the ruling, they would take the case to the country's…

DNA Evidence Unveils Suleiman Abdulkadir Ali as Perpetrator in Unresolved 2013 Minneapolis Gas Station Homicide

The tragic incident took place in 2013 at the intersection of 12th and Washington avenues S., where Haji-Ahmed was found dead with gunshot wounds in a car parked outside a gas station. Authorities located five .45 caliber shells in the vehicle, pinpointing the direction of the gunfire. Surveillance footage captured Ali in a vibrant varsity jacket exiting the car before the shooting.A security guard witnessed a man in a similar jacket jumping a fence and escaping the scene. Nearby, a torn piece of fabric believed to be from…

Trump Defense Firm CEO Faces Charges in Somali Fraud Investigation

The judge presiding over a pregnancy discrimination case against Donald Trump's 2016 campaign approved the request to switch to new legal counsel. They are now represented by the Maryland law firm Schulman Bhattacharya. The former defense team, LaRocca, Hornik, Greenberg, Kittredge, Carlin & McPartland, requested to withdraw from the lawsuit, citing an irreparable breakdown in the attorney-client relationship. This came after GOP operative Arlene "A.J." Delgado filed a lawsuit in 2019, claiming that campaign leadership…

Somali Authorities Free Ten Suspects in Killing of Aviation Worker

In Mogadishu, the Somali government's Criminal Investigation Department has released ten suspects linked to the killing of a man from the Somali Civil Aviation Authority. After a joint investigation by Somali forensic experts and Turkish Police Forensic Laboratory, it was found that the suspects had no connection to the murder. The deceased, Nasir Muse Abdirahman, also known as Dahable, was 32 years old when his body was discovered by Mogadishu police at his residence in El-Qalow village, located in the Wadajir district, in…

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