Saturday, September 01, 2012
A UN report has slammed an SA security company
for mustering a “private army” in defiance of international agreements,
“brazen, large-scale and protracted violation of the Somalia sanctions
regime”, and allegedly torturing local recruits.
The report, authored by the UN’s
Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea (SEMG) and completed in July,
accuses the SA government of failing to fulfil its international
obligations which include clamping down on mercenary activities.
The company, Sterling Corporate Services, has strong links to the now defunct SA mercenary outfit Executive Outcomes.
Operating, according to the
report, as the “private army” of President Abdirahman Mohamud Faroole,
of the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, the SA-led operation was set
up with the assistance of Erik Prince, former boss of the notorious US
contractor Blackwater, as well as former US Central Intelligence Agency
Initially contracted to a shell
company, Saracen International Lebanon, the Puntland business was later
transferred – after Saracen was described in an earlier SEMG report as
the “most egregious threat” to peace and stability in the region – to an
entity styled as Sterling Corporate Services (SCS)