South Arabia

After Discovering Involvement in Smuggling Money on Board of Chinese Ships, Ben Doghr’s Government Admits the Scandal.

[su_label type=”info”]SMA News – Al-Arabia Al-Yemenia – Exclusive [/su_label][su_spacer size=”10″][su_label type=”info”]Amman – SMA – PIC[/su_label][/su_spacer] The Government of Ahmed Ben Doghr admitted distributing Yemeni currency printed abroad, without monetary coverage, in local markets and this caused unprecedent severe degeneration of the national currency. In its statement, issued on Saturday evening and published by SABA Yemeni News Agency, the government indicated that it brought 36 billion Yemeni Riyals printed abroad into Yemen via a Chinese ship – “Devon Trader” – and this raised wide fuss in Adan and other southern governorates. The statement came after discovering a scandal of smuggling the mentioned sum of money on board the Chinese ship, but the government delayed in explaining the situation. This indicates that the government is involved in this scandal as the statement is a try to justify the situation.
The Arab Ally Forces stopped unloading the ship when they knew about the smuggled money on board the ship. Ben Doghr’s government tried to attack the Allay through its media agencies by saying that the unloading was stopped just to deactivate Adan Port. But the government admitted on Saturday that the ship was carrying the unrevealed sum of money. Ben Doghr’s government claimed that money was brought to Adan to pay employees’ salaries while thousands of employees complain about their unpaid salaries for months although the government received several billions for this purpose.
The former and resigned governors of Adan in addition to the former and current governors of Hadhramaut accused the government of abusing public money and hindering southern governorates’ budgets, in addition to transferring huge sums of money abroad and exhausting foreign currency from the central bank. Economists in Adan warned against the serious acts of Ben Doghr’s government that is pumping national currency in the local market without monetary cover as this facilitates the smuggling of foreign currency by corrupt officials and decreases the value of the national currency against foreign currencies.

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