Lawmakers Who Linked To US$1.2M Bribery Issue Writ Of Arrest On Phillipbert Browne

Mr. Philipbert Browne, Publisher of The Hot Pepper

Lawmakers who were accused by a Liberian Journalist, Publisher of the Hot Pepper Newspaper, Mr. Phillipbert Browne of receiving a bribe of US$1.2 Million to authorize the printing of L$10 billion have filed a lawsuit against the publisher,   while at the same time, according to him an arrest order has reportedly been put out for him.

Speaking to this outlet via mobile phone today, Mr. Browne who did not disclose his location alleged that on Friday evening a sheriff from the Civil Law Court had gone to his Benson Street offices to serve a Writ of Summon/Arrest on him.

Speaker further, the Hot Pepper Publisher maintained that he can prove his case ‘110%’, and  beyond all reasonable doubt that the lawmakers were bribed US$2,200,000 to give the Central Bank authority to print L$10 billion.

Mr. Browne speaking to the GNN said after it was reported that he was been sued  by the lawmakers at the Civil Law Court, and ordering his arrest, he contacted his team of lawyers who proceeded to several insurance companies to secure a US$3,000 insurance bond, with many of them vowing not to do so due to some political pressure.

He further alleged that the Judge of the Court, Judge Youssif Kaba should have signed the Insurance Bond to make it legal refused to do so, on ground that the case in question is political.

Before going on its annual break, the 54th Legislature commenced an investigation into the circumstances under which extra L$10 billion was printed by the Central Bank when the 53rd Legislature only authorized the printing of L$6 billion for the replacement of mutilated banknotes.

It’s Mr. Browne’s Hot Pepper Newspaper that first reported the missing billions saga, prompting a nationwide reaction and call for investigation by the international community.

He said he welcomes the lawsuit and is prepared to go to court, but cautioned the lawmakers of what he described as “their cynical plan”.

The Hot Pepper publisher said he could not meet the Legislature at the time because he had a doctor’s appointment in London.

He also had to attend the General Assembly of ANOC and ANOCA.

However, according to him, he shortened his travel and returned to the country on Sunday, December 2, 2018 and has since been at his residence, having no intention of leaving the country soon.

He is of the belief that the lawmakers’ decision to serve him a writ for Action For Wrong with attachment on a Friday evening was only intended to have him placed behind bars since he would not have been able to secure a bond at that time.

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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.