So­ma­lia warn­ing on trans­fers to Al-Shabaab

The Star Early Edition - - INTERNATIONAL - Xin­hua

SO­MA­LIA has warned telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion and money re­mit­tance com­pa­nies against fa­cil­i­tat­ing trans­fer of money to fund ter­ror ac­tiv­i­ties in the Horn of Africa na­tion.

The coun­try’s in­ter­nal se­cu­rity Min­is­ter Mo­hamed Abukar Is­low said in a de­cree is­sued on Satur­day that the money trans­fer com­pa­nies have been aid­ing the mil­i­tant group Al-Shabaab by send­ing money meant for the group.

“The cab­i­net passed a res­o­lu­tion which out­laws telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion and money trans­fer com­pa­nies from fa­cil­i­tat­ing money trans­fer to Al-Shabaab. Banks and re­mit­tance com­pa­nies are in­cluded in this cat­e­gory and are there­fore warned against vi­o­lat­ing the res­o­lu­tion,” said Is­low.

The an­nounce­ment fol­lows re­ports that Al-Shabaab has been im­pos­ing fines on traders in the coun­try which are then trans­mit­ted through telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion and re­mit­tance com­pa­nies.

The gov­ern­ment also warned traders against pay­ing levies to Al-Shabaab, or they will be pros­e­cuted.

“Any­one who gives money to Al-Shabaab in the form of fines will be pros­e­cuted and the gov­ern­ment will not con­sider any ex­cuse,” the res­o­lu­tion read.

The Na­tional In­tel­li­gence Ser­vices Agency chief Ab­dul­lahi Mo­hamed Ali San­balool­she said the gov­ern­ment would mon­i­tor trans­ac­tions by telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion and re­mit­tance com­pa­nies.

Ali said they want the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion sec­tor, banks, money trans­fer agency not to pro­vide ser­vice to them like sav­ings, in­vest­ments or funds trans­fer.

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