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Counterfeit Money Trial Opens For ‎Abdillahi Yusuf’s Son-In-Law In Dubai

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Counterfeit Money Trial Opens For ‎Abdillahi Yusuf’s Son-In-Law In Dubai

Somaliland Legislators Defend ‎Independence, Ties With Ethiopia‎   

Gareth Evans Appointed to UN ‎Genocide Panel

Kenya To Fight Piracy Off Somalia's Coast‎

Hundreds Protest Water Price Rise In ‎Somaliland‎‎

‎South African Independent Online ‎Examines Efforts To Address ‎HIV/AIDS In Somaliland‎

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Kenya: Auditor-General Exposes ‎Major Abuse Of Public Funds

Sana’a Alliance To Demand Lifting Of ‎UN Arms Embargo On Somalia‎

Ethiopian Ex-Fighters Demand Compensation‎

Militia Clash At Somali Government ‎Base Baidoa

Good Prospects In Africa-India Trade ‎Relations: Zenawi‎‎‎‎

Special Humanitarian Envoy Says Ethiopia ‎Has Lessons To Share With Its Neighbors

Special Humanitarian Envoy Attends ‎‎‘Historic’ Pastoralist Gathering In Ethiopia‎‎‎‎

Somalia Reconciliation Efforts Launched ‎In Baidoa‎‎

Somalia Cautious On Reports U.S. ‎Funds Fighting‎‎

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Britain Plans To Deport Nearly All ‎Foreigners Convicted Of Crimes

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'WPC Murder Suspect In Somalia'‎‎‎

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African Cooperation Growing on Anti-‎Terrorism, U.S. Report Says‎‎

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The Day of Somaliland Students Died ‎Young: Any Hero To Revive?‎‎

The Budget Of Somaliland Fiscal Year 2006

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Leadership Forum For Advancing Inter-‎Faith Dialogue to Prevent Conflict‎‎‎‎‎


Dubai, UAE, May 6, 2006 – Saeed Abdi Firin, the son-in-law of Somalia’s warlord president Abdillahi Yusuf, appeared before a Dubai court last Tuesday following charges that he imported counterfeit Somalia Shilling bank notes through Dubai airport.

Mr. Saeed who holds a Canadian passport is accused of bringing 180 billion Shillings in counterfeit currency into Dubai on last January.

According to prosecutors, the banknotes were printed in the 1000 shilling denominations by a Singaporean firm and then flown to Dubai enrout to Bosasso, a port town controlled by Abdillahi Yusuf’s clan militia.

Mr. Saeed denied that the money was fake. He said through his lawyers that there was nothing illegal about the banknotes since they were ordered by the government of Somalia (headed by Abdillahi Yusuf).

However a lab test conducted in Dubai by the investigators revealed that it was counterfeit.

In October 2005, Abdillahi Yusuf and his premier Ali Mohamed Geedi co-signed a letter authorizing Mr. Saeed Abdi Firin to make contacts with an Indonesian company called Pura Barutama in connection with the printing of five hundred billion Somalia Shillings.

Although Saeed’s lawyers said that Abdillahi Yusuf’s Foreign minister would come to Dubai to testify to the claim that the seized money was legal, however Somalia’s government officials have so far remained reluctant to give any comments on the matter.

Meanwhile Mr. Saeed was released on bail until the court resumes its hearings on the case on 10 th of May.

Source: Somaliland Times


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