Former Lands, Mines and Energy Minister Eugene Shannon was on Thursday arrested and brought under the jurisdiction of Criminal Court “C” at the Temple of Justice on Capitol Hill in Monrovia.
Shannon and other accused in the Sable Mining case are charged with Bribery, Economic Sabotage, Criminal Conspiracy, Criminal Solicitation and Criminal Facilitation by the Government of Liberia.
The former Minister and E.C.B. Jones, who at the time served as his deputy, are alleged to have received US$250,000 each from Sable Mining through one Andrew Groves.
“In accounting for this amount on the “West Africa Operation Weekly Income and Expense Sheet” of the Sable Mining, Shannon and Jones are referred to as ‘Big Boy 1’ and ‘Big Boy 2’ who received US$250,000 each,” the indictment said.
The five-count indictment said Shannon, Jones, Senator Morris Saytumah, and Willie Belleh are among other indictees who are said to have received a total of US$950,000 to change Article 75 of the revised Public Procurement and Concessions Commission Act to provide for “Non-bidding area” involving the iron ore rich Wologisi Mountain in Lofa County.
Meanwhile, the former Lands and Mines boss has been granted bail and placed in the custody of his wife pending the trial.
It is not clear whether the other indictees have been brought under the jurisdiction of the court.