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UK probes Soma’s local ties

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Corruption investigators are looking in the British oil company’s payments to individuals within the oil ministry

A secret financial report, seen by Africa Confidential, claims that the British company Soma Oil and Gas Holdings Limited has made substantial payments over the last 18 months to top officials in the Mogadishu government who influence decisions on oil and gas policy. This report was produced prior to the announcement by the Serious Fraud Office in London on 1 August that it had opened a criminal investigation into Soma's operations in Somalia.


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