Court orders arrest of several former Gov’t officials

Handcuff-e1424220786333Criminal Court ‘’C’’ at the Temple of Justice has ordered the arrest of several former officials of the Liberian Government for multiple offenses, including economic sabotage.

Those to be arrested are former Commerce Minister, Miatta Beyslow, former Director of Price Analysis and Marketing at the Commerce Ministry, Steve Flahn Paye, LPRC former Managing Director, Nelson Williams and the entity’s former Deputy Managing Director for Operations,   Aaron Wheagar.

The Court also charged the four former government officials with misapplication of entrusted property, criminal conspiracy, facilitation and violation of PPCC regulations.

PPC is the Public Procurement Concession Commission

According to the Court’s documents, an indictment was brought against the four individuals by the Grand Jury of Montserrado County following a complaint by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission.

They are to answer to the charges brought against them.

At the same time, the Court has summoned Aminata and Sons Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Siaka Turay for economic sabotage, criminal conspiracy and facilitation.

Mr. Turay has also been summoned for misapplication of entrusted property and violation of required PPCC’s procedures and processes.

The Amanita and Sons CEO is to appear before the First Judicial Circuit, Criminal Assizes ‘C’ of Montserrado County on Monday, March 7, 2016 in the afternoon.

According to court documents, Mr. Turay was indicted by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC).

The LACC is the arm of government with the oversight to handle all cases arising from the commission of corrupt practices.

In 2015, the Managing Director of the National Port Authority (NPA), Maltida Parker and the entity’s Comptroller, Christina Pailey, were suspended by President Ellen Johnson- Sirleaf for their alleged involvement in corrupt practices.

The two NPA officials have been accused of multiple offenses, including economic sabotage.

Madams Parker and Pailey are being prosecuted at one of the criminal courts in Monrovia.

Meanwhile, legal proceedings in the case were halted due to the suspension of four jurors for their alleged involvement in jury tempering.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.