Another Walhalla In Liberia’s Bribery Scandal, As Several Companies; Western Cluster, Delta Mining Others Exposed

8888The public inquiry Into the Global Witness bribery report has identified new companies and institutions that may have links to the scandal.

Western Clusters, Delta Mining Consolidated (Pty) Ltd and West Africa Exploration are the companies of interest according to fresh court documents.

The scale of their involvement is unclear. But Cllr. Daku Mulbah, Montserrado County Attorney and the Chief prosecutor in the matter via a letter to Criminal Court ‘A’ Judge Boimah Kontoe requested the Court to order the First International Bank to produce bank statements (United States Dollars accounts) for the period January 1, 2010 to September 30, 2010 belonging to the mentioned entities.

The Chief prosecutor’s Subpoena also affects the following previously implicated individuals.

Sherman & Sherman, Inc, Sable Mining, Varney G. Sherman, Morris Saytumah, Sumo Kupee, Cletus Wotorson, Alex Tyler, Henry Fahnbulleh, Richard Tolbert and Willie Belleh.

“The purpose for this request is to assist the Ministry of Justice and the Liberia Anti Corruption Commission (LACC) to complete an ongoing investigation,” the Montserrado County Attorney said.

The Presidential Task Force Monday announced it has issued a writ of search and seizure on Senator Sherman’s home and his Sherman & Sherman law firm coupled with a “probable cause” arrest warrant for individuals who may have participated in the crime.

The court is expected to entertain arguments into the State’s request for a writ of “Subpoena Duces Tecum” and Cllr. Sherman’s resistance thereto.

The lawyer has filed a seven count motion against the subpoena arguing that it is fatally defective because it does not state the title of the action for which a Subpoena Duces Tecum is needed by the Prosecution.

“The purpose as stated in these letters is so vague, ambiguous and uncertain that it does not form the basis for the issuance of a Writ of Subpoena DucesTecum,” Sherman’s lawyers contended.


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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.