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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."

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].

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.

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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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