L$16B Ghost Haunts Liberian Gov’t, As Another Writ Of Arrest Issued, This Time On CBL Board Members

Some members of the Board of Governors of CBL

The Liberian government through the ministry of Justice has again issued a writ of arrest for eight executive of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL).  Those to be arrested include four former members of the Board of Governors.

According to the writ of arrest from the Fifth Judicial Circuit Assizes ‘C’ at the Temple of Justice, those to be arrested are David M. Farhart, Melissa A. Ernch, Elsie Dossen Badio, Kollie Tamba, all members of the CBL Board of Governors.

Others to be rearrested are Milton A. Weeks; former Executive Governor of the CBL, Dorbor M. Hagba; former Director of Finance, Richard Walker; former Director of Banking, and Joseph Dennis; former Director for internal Audit.

The eight are being charged with theft of property, economic sabotage, fraud on the internal revenue of Liberia, misused of public money, property and record, and or illegal disbursement of public money, criminal conspiracy, and criminal facilitation.

“This court instructs the Sheriff of the Court, Capt. Daniel E. Gould, or his deputy to arrest the living bodies of the eight persons based upon the indictment prepared against them by the Grand Jury selected, empanelled and sworn to inquire and for the [people of Montserrado County, Republic of Liberia, and forthwith bring them before this Honorable Court to answer to the said Charges,” the writ of arrest read.

It can be recalled that on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 to the surprise to many, the Liberian government represented by the Solicitor General of the Republic of Liberia, Cllr. Sayma Syenius Cephus, at Criminal Court ‘C’ dropped all charges against the four of the five of the CBL executives including Charles Sirleaf; former Deputy Governor, Dorbor Hagba, Richard Walker and Joseph Dennis.

Mr. Milton Weeks was kept on the hook because, according to the government’s team, he was a member of the Board of Governors which gave the order to print the money, the prosecutors said they were going after the Board this time around.

Owing to their word, on Monday, June 8, 2020 the prosecutors dropped charges against Mr. Weeks and indicted him, again, along with seven others, including four members of the Board of Governors.  In December of 2019 the government of Liberia dropped charges against Crane Currency, a Swedish printing company which printed LD2.6 Billion, the eight are accused of illegally printing.

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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.