Task-Force Welcomes Circuit Court’s Ruling to Grant Subpoena in Global Witness Corruption Report Case

Cllr. Jonathan Fonati Koffa, Chairman of the Task-Force
Cllr. Jonathan Fonati Koffa, Chairman of the Task-Force

The Special Presidential Task Force set up to probe the Global Witness Corruption report linking current and former Liberian government officials, has welcomed the ruling from the Criminal Court ‘A’ granting prosecutor’s request for a writ of ‘Subpoena Duces Tecum’ in the matter.

According to a press release issued by the Task-force, the ‘Subpoena Duces Tecum’ granted by Judge Boima Kontoe, Resident Judge of the 9th Judicial Circuit Court in Gbarnga, Bong County, is a summon ordering the recipient to appear before the court and produce documents or other tangible evidence for use at a hearing or trial.

According to The Task Force the motion was filed through the office of the Montserrado County Attorney Headed by Cllr. J. Daku Mulbah requesting the Circuit Court to issue ‘Subpoena Duces Tecum’ to the Guarantee Trust Bank, Afriland Bank, Ecobank, Global Bank, United Bank of Africa, International Bank, Access Bank and the Liberian Bank for Development and Investment ordering the banks to appear and produce bank statements for United States (US) Dollars from January 1, 2010 to September 30, 2010.

The Bank Statements requested for, covers accounts of H. Varney Sherman, Sherman and Sherman, Inc., Sable Mining, Western Cluster, Delta Mining Consolidate Ltd, West Africa Exploration, Sen. Morris Saytuma, Sumo Kupee, Cletus Wortorson, Speaker Alex Tyler, Rep. Henry Fahnbulleh, Richard Tolbert and Willie Belleh.

The tripartite anti-corruption Task Force describes the court’s ruling as ‘significant’ to the implementation of the rule of law in Liberia adding, the decision would also allow those Banking institutions to make available, information that are vital for the pending trial involving some of the top current and former officials of government linked to the GW corruption scandal.

“This ruling suggests that no one is above the law. That our country is now on the right trajectory with regards to the implementation of the rule of law.

“It will also assist in ensuring that some of those vital evidence needed to fast track this case are available to the prosecutors,” said Cllr. J. Fonati Koffa, Minister of State without Portfolio and Task Force Chairman.

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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.