Sunatimes:Secret Dahabshiil documents of Al-Shabaab Finance
Posted by admin on June 28, 2013
The website, founded by Somali investigative journalist, Dahir Alasow, has promised to release more damning documents in the near future.
The new records were released just few hours after Paris-based Africa Intelligence said the largest money transfer company in Somalia was struggling to stay in business. As well as trying to cover its links to al Qaeda affiliated al-Shabab, the bank was recently forced to close most of its branches in central and southern Somalia due to lack of funds and security threats.
The paper said following the 2nd April explosion outside its Mogadishu
headquarters in the Bakara market, the funds transfer company closed more than 10 branches in Hiraan, Bay and Bakool regions.
Furthermore, the Indigo Publications owned paper said Western intelligence were carefully monitoring the financial activities of the bank.
Al Shabab has threatened to bomb Dahabshiil after the bank refused to pay its annual $500,000 support to the terror group due to Western pressure. The Hargeisa-based bank instead offered to secretly channel them $100,000, which al Shabab rejected.
Now WaagaCusub says it has sufficient proof and documents supporting Dahabshiil’s financial links to the outlawed group.
The documents include the bank accounts of al-Shabab leader Ibrahim Jama Mead (Ibrahim al-Afghani) and former Emir Ahmed Godane as well as Muktar Robow and Hassan Dahir Aweys.
The files show that between 23 September 2010 and 11 of January 2013, the current Emir al-Afghani received USD$4,326,727.50 through his account in Dahabshiil.Download it here the Document
Similarly, Ahmed Abdi Aw-Mohamud (Ahmed Godane aka Abu Zubeir) received over USD$4, 415, 411 from 31 September 2004 to 3 January 2013 of this year. Download it here the Document
The website has said it will release more cables on the financial history and activities of the payment firm.
Meanwhile, investors and remittance receivers have been rushing to Dahabshiil branches to withdraw their funds since the April explosion. Many said they fear for their own safety security scare while others are worried that Western governments might close down the bank.
Dahabshiil has been trying to silence the Somali media for many years in an effort to conceal its financial activities and materials. It has on several occasion taken Dahir Alasow to criminal courts while threatening many with lawsuits.
In July 2012 it made international headlines when Anonymous hacked into their databases publishing thousands of account numbers, names and details online thousands of account numbers, names and details online.
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