Region: Somalia

Somali asset recovery case leads to discovery dispute with State Department

A lawyer who is accused of illicitly gaining access to Somali assets that were frozen throughout the country’s civil war alleges that both prosecutors and the State Department have been withholding exculpatory information.

15 November 2023

Challenges to SFO investigations should be rare, UK court says

Following Unaoil’s failed application for judicial review companies and individuals will find it difficult to contest SFO investigations, lawyers say.

04 April 2017

SFO ends Soma corruption investigation

14 December 2016

UN corruption allegations against Soma unsupported by evidence, SFO says

Soma Oil & Gas failed in its judicial review application against the SFO, but secured a letter from the prosecutor declaring that its investigation into the company had produced “insufficient evidence” to support bribery allegations first made in a UN report in 2015.

14 October 2016

SFO finds no criminal evidence in Soma bribery investigation

12 October 2016

Soma fails to end SFO bribery investigation despite claims of “unusually high” cooperation

A UK court has rejected a judicial review application by Soma Oil & Gas to shut down an SFO corruption investigation, despite the company claiming it faces possible financial ruin and has been fully cooperative with authorities.

22 August 2016

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