Shabelle Media Network (Mogadishu)
25 May 2011
Mogadishu — Asha Ahmed Abdalla, a Somali parliamentarian, on Wednesday said that the government is needed to put on trail the apprehended foreign nationals who brought $ 3.6 million to Mogadishu’s Adan Adde international airport.
Speaking to Shabelle Media Network, Abdalla said that the police of Somalia on Tuesday managed intercept millions of dollars and foreigners, adding that the money was a ransom fro Somali pirates.
She thanked the police for their fritfull operation at the Mogadishu’s international airport.
She said that the government is to hold on account for the countries belonging to the airplanes.
The lawmaker noted that everyone in the government is involved in the matter should also be tried.
The police of Somali transitional government on Tuesday said that they seized two planes carrying $ 3.5 millions and foreign nationals.
Speaking to the press at Mogadishu’s Aden Adde International Airport, Abdullahi Hassan Barise, the spokesman of Somali police indicated that the impounded money was sent to the Somali central bank.
He said that the foreigners were in custody for further investigations about the hard currency came from and to.
There had been reports suggesting the money intended to pay off the pirates as a ransom, while others accounts saying that it was aimed at financing Al shabaab, Barise told reporters in the airport.
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