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Abdourahman Boreh : when the thieves disguise themselves as politicians and terrorists as victims

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Boreh's lawyer's recent declarations have caused enough worry among believers in the rule of law, in Africa and throughout the world.

Their statements declared the following: "the British courts are not to blame. The rulings here are in line with UK law, but it's the harassment of Boreh by the Guelleh government that raises some disturbing questions."

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We should thank Boreh's crooked lawyer for being so indulgently kind towards the British courts.

But let's remember the truth. Boreh is this businessman from Djibouti sentenced for bribery and fraud in his own country [i]; convicted of misappropriating hundreds of millions of dollars belonging to the state of Djibouti. As a government appointed CEO of the Djibouti Port and Free Zone Authority (DPFZA), Boreh has also been accused of embezzling Djibouti's major national source of revenue [ii]. Boreh has been using these stolen monies to finance and sponsor attacks against his homeland as well as in eastern Africa.

To many, he is known as "the banker of the Shebab."

Trying to appear innocent in front of international opinion, Boreh has borrowed the deceitful dialectics of terrorist groups. He claims to be a political victim in Djibouti, a country he was never born in; he has neither been a politician nor an elected representative in that country; and neither could have he ever run for Presidential elections as he pretended, being holder of two other citizenships, and passports most probably gotten with stolen money [iii].

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Boreh is thereby building himself a facade, faking to be an Djiboutian candidate, whilst everybody in Djibouti knows that he is the biggest thief in the country ever. As soon as he got caught and saw his organized robbery halted by the bodies in charge of fighting corruption in Djibouti, he suddenly showed a very new interest in defending "Human rights". [iv]

Whilst African leaders and international organisations are trying to consolidate their nations-states and encourage good governance and law and order, Boreh's crimes appear as pure provocation.

A man of this kind jeopardizes those efforts in the name of the defense of his personal wealth and unlimited illicit enrichment.

A man of his kind can afford to acquire the support of certain organisations and entities that are quick to condemn and always ready to denounce African heads of states, considering their opponents -- whoever they are -- victims of authoritarianism. In short, according to such entities, a head of state like Guelleh, legitimately elected and exercising his authority within the rule of law, would necessarily be a dictator that needs to be fought.

Some specialized communication entities are also implicated in the dissemination of this patronising posture, reflecting some sort of colonial mindset. These ethicless propaganda mercenaries [v] are seeking to undermine the slow but steady efforts that the leaders of free states are conducting in their struggle against terrorism. These agents of misinformation, being paid huge sums of Boreh's stolen money, are direct accomplices of Shebab's Islamist terrorism. [Members of one of these funding streams are now currently being tried before the French courts in Poitiers.] By so doing, these agents of misinformation also participate in the promotion of reprehensible terrorist and criminal practices, and indirectly contribute to the impoverishment of African populations. Indeed, while African societies could be benefitting from rthe economic spillovers of progress made in the area of good governance, Boreh, his international allies, and his mercenary friends, prefer to stand along poverty, impunity, and other conditions that feed terrorism.


Needless to say that when well-regarded organizations like Freedom House allow themselves to be fooled by sponsored information, or when suspicious lawyers defend and victimise Boreh, they ultimately support the looting of public property in countries like Djibouti.

They also help fuel instability in those countries leading to the rise and appeal of mass-murder movements like boko haram and Shebabs.

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Private investors, states, and international organisations, in accordance with Condoleeza Rice's and Bill Gates statements [vi], understand that Djibouti's development, like that of other states engaged in the strengthening of the rule of law and good governance, is key to Africa's equitable integration into the international system. In the meantime, criminals like Boreh prefer to continue to bet on the collapse of the countries in question.

Thanks to the hundred million dollars stolen from the country of Djibouti, we must admit that Boreh's ability to cause financial harm is significant, it allows him to buy over the incorruptible and betray the naive, all with the active help of his misinformation agents.

We are left with the hope that honest judges and responsible journalists, fighting for democracy and rule of law throughout the world, will be able to distinguish manoeuvring and reaffirm law and morality. That is when honest people will be able to form a just opinion, and when an average burglar, allegedly a man of politics, will be brought to justice and forced to return the money of the people.

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I am Mahdi Fouad, a retired high school economy teacher who has lived and taught both in France and Djibouti.

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