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Somalia:Hormuud Telecom threatens to sign agreement with US law firm

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    Somalia:Hormuud Telecom threatens to sign agreement with US law firm

    Adnan Haji Ali, a member of Hormuud telecom, and the man whose voice is recorded in the system of Hormuud telecom called me from Mogadishu on Saturday, 2 November 2019.

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Adnan Haji Ali, a member of Hormuud telecom, and the man whose voice is recorded in the system of Hormuud telecom called me from Mogadishu on Saturday, 2 November 2019.
He said "I paid a lot of money to US law firm Schulman Bhattacharya, and I’ll show you to shut down your Facebook account and all your websites”.
I remained silent and hung up the phone.  He called me three more times and said "all your websites will be blocked in Somalia”.
Hormuud telecom, former Al Barakaat Company which has changed the name, was accused of having direct links with Al Qaeda, and there are clear evidence that they have ties with Al Shabab terrorists, and pays million of Dollars every year.
Mr. Alasow is an outstanding and distinguished journalist. His career in journalism spans years. He covered a broad array of stories with insight and aplomb during his career, from war to politics to sensitive portraits of artists. He has spent years serving the East African community in his profession and building a positive reputation. he is member of international Federation Journalists IFJ and Nederlandse Vereniging van Journalisten NVJ. he based in Breda Brabant Netherlands.


I’ve visited the website of Schulman Bhattacharya.  The following news has attracted me:
https://schulmanbh.com/news/schulman-bhattacharya-engaged-to-represent-hormuud-telecom-in-u-s-defamation-cases-and-united-nations-disputes/
Schulman Bhattacharya Engaged To Represent Hormuud Telecom In U.S. Defamation Cases And United Nations Disputes
September 16, 2019
Hormuud Telecom, the largest telecom company in Somalia and the country’s largest employer and taxpayer, has engaged Schulman Bhattacharya to defend its interests in contentious disputes with various U.S.-based media organizations and the United Nations.  Commenting on the engagement, Jeremy W. Schulman, the Firm’s Managing Member, stated:  "We are pleased to be representing one of the most vital companies in East Africa, helping to protect its legal rights and interests and clearing its name of scurrilous allegations intended to hamper its growth and the development of the country it serves.  We are honored by the trust and confidence Hormuud’s leadership has placed in us, and we will be tireless in mounting our defense of the company’s interests. Our focus will be to help Hormuud successfully and efficiently resolve its legal issues so that the company can focus its efforts entirely on what it does best—providing cutting edge telecommunications services to the people of Somalia.”
About Hormuud:  Hormuud Telecom is the largest employer in Somalia, has more than 12,000 shareholders in the Horn of Africa, and manages millions of consumer transactions each month.
About Schulman Bhattacharya:  Schulman Bhattacharya is an international law firm based in the Washington, D.C. area focused on resolving the most complex and challenging commercial disputes facing its clients— through litigation, arbitration, mediation, and informal negotiation. The Firm has vast experience representing clients in nearly every industry sector. The Firm represents companies of all sizes, locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally, and it represents individuals with valuable commercial and personal interests to protect.



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