Global Witness welcomes Liberian pledge to investigate mining bribery scandal

CLLR. VARNEY SHERMAN ADDRESSING SOME MEDIA OFFICIALS ON THE ISSUE
CLLR. VARNEY SHERMAN ADDRESSING SOME MEDIA OFFICIALS ON THE ISSUE

Global Witness says it welcome the Liberian government’s announcement Thursday to investigate bribes and payments made by the UK mining company Sable and its lawyer Varney Sherman. In recent years, the government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has made efforts to hold accountable those who break Liberia’s natural resource laws, including prosecuting those involved in illegal logging and oil deals. We are hopeful that this investigation into the mining scandal will be similarly thorough, demonstrating Liberia’s commitment to fighting corruption.

In its 12 May statement, the Liberian government also announced that it had requested cooperation and assistance from the British government during the investigation into the UK-based Sable. Global Witness encourages this collaboration. If it is found by the Liberian and British governments that those involved in this mining scandal did break the law, the authorities of both countries should prosecute and make good on their pledges to end impunity.

Global Witness looks forward to cooperating with the Liberian and British authorities to ensure the government’s investigation is a success.

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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.