LIBERIA: Court Postpones FDA US$6m Final Ruling To Next Week

The US$6 million case involving five former employees of the Forestry Development Authority FDA was Thursday postponed by the presiding Judge Peter W. Gbenewelleh to next week.

Those involved Moses Wogbeh, former Managing Director, Jangar Kamara, manager for commercial forestry, John Kortor, technical manager, Maxwell Gwee, director of cartography and David Blayee, Senior Surveyor assigned in Grand Bassa County.

They are accused of facilitating the wrongful and illegal issuance of sixty-one Private Use Permits (PUPS) that authorized commercial logging operations on nearly 2.5 million hectares of farm land.

The men were further accused of “blatant abuse” of their respective offices and violation of several provisions of the National Forestry Reform Law (NFRL) 2006 and the Community Rights Law 2009, which caused government a lose over US$6 million in revenue.

They are charged with economic sabotage, criminal conspiracy, forgery or counterfeiting, obtaining and issuing deceptive writings and obstruction of government functions by public servants.
 
The accused denied the charges when arraigned before the court.
 
Final argument was entertained early last month by both prosecution and defense lawyers in the case.

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