The Liberian Government has announced that the investigation concerning allegation of Human Trafficking involving the Honorary Consul General of India, Upjit Singh Sachdeva and some former and current officials of the Ministry of Justice, namely Col. Freddie Taylor; Deputy Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration for Operation, Mr. Robert Buddy; Director of Border Management, Cllr. Wilson Garpeh and Cllr. M. Wikins Wright has been completed.
In a prepared statement issued by the Ministry of Information and signed by its Deputy Minister for Public Affairs, Atty. Isaac W. Jackson, Jr., further noted that after interviewing nine witnesses and reviewing several evidential documents from three security agencies of government, the Presidential Committee chaired by Hon. Commany B. Wesseh, has cleared those named individuals of any official misconduct linking them to Human Trafficking.
Speaking in specific reference to the involvement of the Indian Honorary Consul General of India to Liberia, the statement said his Excellency Upjit Sachdeva the report said, “In reviewing the facts and circumstance of this case in light of the President’s mandate (evidence of human trafficking), the Committee did not find evidence of human trafficking or any in crime on the part of his Excellency Upjit Sachdeva, Honorary Consul General of India to Liberia.
(Mr. Jetty), the statement continues, “The report further stated that His Excellency Upjit Sachdeva acted in pursuit of an instruction from the Indian Government through the Embassy of India, in Abidjan; (Cote d’Ivoire); and that merely requesting the Liberian Government through the Ministry of Justice for assistance to have Joshua Samuels (One of their citizens) seek medical assistance aboard did not per se involve criminal wrongdoing,” the statement said.
“In light of this report”, the statement further stressed, “The Government wishes to thank the Chairman and members of the Presidential Committee to further investigate Ministry of Justice Findings on Dismissed Officials; and has reaffirmed its fullest confidence in His Excellency Upjit Sachdeva, Honorary Consul General of India to Liberia,” the statement further noted.
Concluding the statement from the Ministry of Information said, “The Government recognizes the strong sisterly relationship that exists between Liberia and India and as such, will continue to work along with the Honorary Consul General of India, His Excellency Upjit Singh Sachdeva in continuously fostering India-Liberia relationship,” the statement from the Liberia Government concluded.