International Investigative Team Clears Somalia of UN Report Allegations

   International Investigative Team Clears Somalia of UN Report Allegations

  PR Newswire

  MOGADISHU, Somalia, Sept. 6, 2013

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Sept. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- After a thorough
investigation, a top international forensic accounting and legal team released
a report today clearing the Somali government of corruption alleged by the
United Nations Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea.

Responding to the July 12, 2013, Monitoring Group Report—specifically Annex
5.2 —forensic accountants from FTI Consulting, Inc., and a legal team from the
US firm Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A., found that the
methodology and conclusions reflected in Annex 5.2 were "deeply flawed and
entirely unreliable." Moreover, many of the allegations predate President
Hassan Sheikh Mohamud's administration.

President Mohamud welcomed the report's conclusions while acknowledging that
Somalia is still developing a sound financial architecture after two decades
of war.

"As President, it was my responsibility to take seriously the allegations and
to direct a thorough assessment of them," he said. "I am pleased that the
investigative team concluded that these allegations were unfounded.

"The international community can be assured that, although there is much yet
to be done, Somalia has made considerable progress toward establishing and
maintaining the sound fiscal practices appropriate to a modern state."

The forensic accounting and legal investigators followed the United Nations'
own published fact-finding guidelines and adhered to international norms and
professional forensic practices for discovery, investigation and interviews.

The report includes a number of recommendations. For Somalia, the
investigators suggest a series of steps to upgrade internal controls and
financial reporting systems and to further strengthen the public financial
management systems. For the UN Security Council, the report outlines steps to
revise the July 13 Monitoring Group Report — including the excising of Annex
5.2 — and to put controls into place for the supervision of monitoring groups.

President Mohamud has accepted and endorsed the investigative team's report
and recommendations.

"Somalia has come a long way after two decades of conflict," he said. "There
is still work to be done, and my administration will do everything it can to
continue to move forward and eradicate corruption. I encourage the
international community — especially the United Nations — to continue to
engage with us in a positive, productive way."

The full report can be found here .

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