Andrew Groves Accused of Lying As He Attempts A Stock Market Comeback

Phil Edmonds and Andrew Groves meeting the new president of South Sudan Salva Kiir, the vicepresident Rieck Machar and politicans of the SPLM in Juba.

A controversial mining entrepreneur has been accused of telling a ‘blatant and utter lie’ as he attempts a stock market comeback.

Andrew Groves, the boss of Sable Mining, was forced off the stock exchange in 2016 after he and former business partner Phil Edmonds, the ex-England spin bowler, were accused of high-level bribery in Liberia, West Africa.

Now Groves is trying to regain a foothold in the City by selling his coal assets in Zimbabwe to London-listed Contango Holdings through a reverse takeover.

Ahead of the proposed deal, Groves has issued a statement saying all charges against himself and Sable, now renamed Consolidated Growth Holdings (CGH), have been ‘irrevocably dropped’.

He added there had been a ‘comprehensive review by the Liberian authorities’, which concluded that Sable Mining and Groves had not acted ‘in an improper or illegal manner’. But Fonati Koffa, the prosecutor who chaired the Liberian government’s investigation into the allegations, told campaign group Global Witness: ‘This is a blatant and utter lie. There is no comprehensive investigation I am aware of that exonerated these people.’ Koffa has previously been convicted of fraud in the US.

Contango is conducting due diligence on CGH’s coal-mining licences. If the deal goes ahead, Groves will hold an indirect interest in the enlarged entity through CGH.

Groves was once feted as a ‘resource rock star’ and listed nine companies on London’s loosely regulated Aim market.

He said this year that he hopes to build Contango into a ‘mid-tier mining company’.

His spokesman said: ‘Mr Groves and Sable Mining always maintained that they had not acted in an improper or illegal manner, and the Liberian authorities have now reached the same conclusion.’

Source: Daily Mail

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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.