Former Tory leader Michael Howard to meet fraud office in Soma probe

Soma Oil and Gas denies any wrongdoing as the Serious Fraud Office opens a corruption investigation into the firm’s operations in Somalia


Lord Howard

Lord Howard, the former Conservative leader Photo: Ian Walton/Getty Images




Former Conservative leader Michael Howard is to be questioned by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) as part of its criminal investigation into Soma Oil and Gas in relation to allegations of corruption in Somalia.

Lord Howard, who led the party for two years until 2005, chairs the resources firm, which denies any wrongdoing.

“The SFO have confirmed that no suspicion whatsoever attaches to Lord Howard arising from the business of SOMA and his role as a non-executive director of the company and he has agreed to speak with the SFO to help resolve their enquiry as quickly as possible,” said Soma.

The natural resources exploration firm, which is registered in the UK, signed a deal with the Somali government in August 2013 to develop the oil and gas industry in the troubled east African nation.

The agreement was designed “to promote the oil and gas sector to attract investment and activity, boosting Somalia’s economy and helping the process of normalisation,” according to Soma, and should “generate significant employment and economic opportunities for Somali nationals.”

Investigators are also calling for whistleblowers to come forward to offer more information on the case, in the latest example of the authorities requesting help as well as relying on their own findings.

“The SFO confirmed today that it has opened a criminal investigation into SOMA Oil & Gas Holdings Ltd, SOMA Oil & Gas Exploration Limited, SOMA Management Limited and others in relation to allegations of corruption in Somalia,” the SFO said.

“Whistleblowers are valuable sources of information to the SFO in its cases. We welcome approaches from anyone with inside information on all our cases including this one – we can be contacted through our secure reporting channel, which can be accessed via the SFO website.”

The company said: “Soma Oil & Gas can confirm that it has been informed by the Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”) that it is investigating an allegation that has been made against the Company. Soma Oil & Gas is confident that there is no basis to the allegation and it is co-operating fully with the SFO to answer it’s queries.”

“Soma Oil & Gas has always conducted its activities in a completely lawful and ethical manner and expects this matter to be resolved in the near future.”




One Response to “Former Tory leader Michael Howard to meet fraud office in Soma probe”

  1. Aldous says:

    Ann Widdecombe once famously said of Howard/Hecht: “There’s something of the night about him.”

    Howard was born in Gorseinon in the northwest of Swansea, Wales. He is the son of Bernat Hecht, Romanian-born, who came to Britain in 1939. His mother, Hilda (Kershion), lived in Wales from the age of 6 months. Both of Howard’s parents were from Jewish families and Howard is a practising Jew. When Howard was six, the family name, Hecht, was anglicized(?) to Howard. (Wiki)

    So there we have it. Another malevolent Jew trying to disguise its true allegiance. Yet the numpties of Folkstone and Hythe voted for him! Aren’t they getting overrun with immigrants from Calais or is my geography a bit off?

    The man of the future will be of mixed race. The races and classes of today will gradually disappear due to the elimination of space, time, and prejudice. The Eurasian-negroid race of the future, similar in appearance to the Ancient Egyptians, will replace the diversity of peoples and the diversity of individuals. Instead of destroying European Judaism, Europe, against her will, refined and educated this people, driving them to their future status as a leading nation through this artificial evolutionary process. It’s not surprising that the people that escaped from the Ghetto-Prison, became the spiritual nobility of Europe. Thus, the compassionate care given by Europe created a new breed of aristocrats. This happened when the European feudal aristocracy crashed because of the emancipation of the Jews [due to the actions taken by the French Revolution]

    Although no textbook mentions Kalergi, his ideas are the guiding principles of the European Union. The belief that the peoples of Europe should be mixed with Africans and Asians, to destroy our identity and create a single mestizo race, is the basis of all community policies that aim to protect minorities. Not for humanitarian reasons, but because of the directives issued by the ruthless Regime that machinates the greatest genocide in history. The Coudenhove-Kalergi European Prize is awarded every two years to Europeans who have excelled in promoting this criminal plan. Among those awarded with such a prize are Angela Merkel and Herman Van Rompuy.

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