LIBERIA: Court Bans 8 LMA Officials From Leaving Liberia

Liberia Marketing Association (LMA), former President Lusu Sloan

MONROVIA (LINA) – Criminal Court “C” has placed travel bans on eight officials of the Liberia Marketing Association (LMA), including its former President Lusu Sloan, from leaving the country.

Former LMA President Sloan, Jones Gibson, Alice Yeebahn, Faustina Ricks, James Gbelee, Foday Kamara, Socrates Jlah and Jerry Geeded were indicted by the government of Liberia during the August Team of Court for allegedly swindling U$89,938.27 and L$98,392.37 from the LMA.

The court’s mandate came after a petition filed by Montserrado County Chief Prosecutor, Cllr. Edwin Martin, to Criminal Court ‘C’ seeking for a Writ of NE-EXEAT REBUBLICA.

Cllr. Martin’s three-page application to the court was granted by Judge Blamo Dixon who later instructed state security at various border posts to arrest the living bodies of the eight LMA officials in question, if they attempt to leave the Country.

The LMA officials were indicted by the Government of Liberia through the Grand Jurors of Criminal Court “A” in August on charges of economic sabotage, theft of property and criminal conspiracy for allegedly stealing said amount from the institution.

According to the indictment, during the period of January 2016, 2017 up to and including 2018, teams of auditors were mandated and commissioned by Yusador S. Gaye, Auditor General of Liberia, to conduct comprehensive audit at the LMA in accordance with section 2.1.3 of the General Auditing Commission Act of 2014.

The team proceeded with the audit and began to unearth a scheme developed by the accused to defraud the government of revenue while in the employment of the LMA.

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