The Chairman of the House’s Committee on Judiciary Fonati Kofa has pledged his committee’s support to the establishment of a fast-track corruption court that will be responsible for the exclusive prosecution of corruption cases in the country.
Cllr. Kofa observing that that nation is experiencing serious difficulties as it relates to the prosecution of corruption cases, observing further that the country over the years is not noted for winning many corruption cases.
The Grand Kru County District #2 Representative statement was made following an appeal from Liberia’s Solicitor General Cyrenius Cephus, who urged the legal committee of the lower House of the Legislature to support the office of the Solicitor General to fight corruption cases.
The Solicitor General made the call on Monday when he appeared before the House’s committee on Judiciary to elaborate on his plans to tackle corruption in the Country.
Kofa, however, called on Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) to coordinate with the Ministry of Justice as well as the office of the Solicitor General in order to swiftly recover funds that could be used to invest in the education, health, agriculture and other sectors of the country.
Speaking before the committee, Cllr. Cephus indicated that the objective of the “Asset Investigation Restitution and Recovery Team” (AIRART) is to recover all funds stolen from the national treasury of Liberia as well as restore sanity to the economic system of Liberia.
Cephus disclosed that a total of 256 audit reports were initially before his team for investigation and they have investigated a total of 15 cases, citing that about US$400 million from cases investigated so far has been identified as the amount to be restituted.
Cllr. Cephus said the total amount to be restituted or recover for the government of Liberia base on the number of cases and audit conducted is in the tone of US$4 Billion.