LIBERIA: Court Grants Accused Charles Sirleaf Medical Leave To Go To India

Ex-CBL Official, Charles Sirleaf being handcuffed for the missing billion

Criminal Court ‘C’ has granted an application filed by defence lawyers seeking medical leave for one of the five former Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) employees, Charles Sirleaf, linked to the L$2.6 billion alleged theft, to travel to India for treatment.

In December 2019, defence lawyers filed an application before Presiding Judge Nancy Sammy requesting the Court to grant defendant Sirleaf medical leave to seek treatment abroad.

Following the filing of the application, Judge Sammy granted defendant Sirleaf leave with the restriction that the defendant should not travel to any other country apart from Ghana and India to seek treatment.

Judge Sammy did not state how long the defendant should stay in India for his treatment, but only ordered him to return immediately after his treatment.

Ex-CBL governor Milton Weeks, his deputy Charles Sirleaf, Dorbor Hagba, Richard Walker, and Joseph Dennis are facing criminal prosecution at Criminal Court ‘C’ for allegedly conspiring with a Swedish company, Crane Currency, to steal over two billion Liberian dollars from the Government of Liberia.

They were re-arrested on August 22, 2019 and detained at the Monrovia Central Prison following government lawyers’ new criminal indictment for money laundering.

Meanwhile, Judge Sammy has ordered defendant Sirleaf to appear at the Criminal Court “C” to receive his travel passport that was seized by the court to prevent him from leaving the country.

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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.