Indictment against Lebanese Traffickers Begins

Prosecutors have begun presenting evidence against those they believe were behind the trafficking of ten Liberian girls to Lebanon.  The girls have recently been repatriated.

The hearing started yesterday at the Temple of Justice. Some of the girls, who may serve as state witnesses, were spotted entering the office of the grand jury at Criminal Court ‘A,’ to provide evidence against the suspects for a possible indictment.

An indictment is a formal written charge issued by a grand jury in a criminal case.

MOJ and AG Benedict Sannoh. Claimant Atty. Sam T. Solomon, former Senior City Solicitor: “I am ready to seek my entitlement and nobody is going to deprive me of it.”

Ex-Prosecutor Laments Delay in 7 Years Salary Arrears Hearing

Atty. Sam Solomon, a senior government lawyer has lamented over the delay in addressing his claim of seven years and four months’ salary arrears totaling US$132,000 and LD$1,012,000 against the Ministry of Justice (MOJ).

The Supreme Court early January mandated the MOJ and the Attorney General, Cllr. Benedict Sannoh, to produce within a week, documentary evidences to show that it is not indebted to the former Senior City Solicitor of the Monrovia City Court.

That request was prompted by the MOJ’s contention that it was not indebted to the Senior City Solicitor.

US$30K Theft Probe at UBA?

An employee of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) is presently undergoing criminal investigation in connection with an alleged scheme that led to the disappearance of over US$30K from the bank.

The employee only identified as ‘Joshua’ is a Nigerian national and an IT Specialist, an insider who requested anonymity said.

Information reaching the Daily Observer alleged that Joshua has been dismissed from his job and has been turned over to the National Security Agency (NSA).

Judge Johannes Zlahn of the Civil Law Court

‘Money Eater’ Lawyers Risk Jail

Judge Johannes Zlahn, presiding judge of the Civil Law Court, has threatened to send lawyers he described as “money eaters” to jail if allegations are proven against them.

It is reported that some lawyers are in the constant habit of charging hundreds of United States dollars as legal fees, but then fail to live up to the expectations of their clients and even abandon them.  Such lawyers could face the wrath of Judge Johannes Zlahn.

Co-Defendant Testifies Against FDA Managers

Torwan T. Yantay, the man charged with the same crimes as those for which the dismissed Forestry Development Authority (FDA), Managing Director  Moses   Wogbeh and  three  other mangers and a senior surveyor at the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy (MLME)  are currently being tried, testified against his colleagues.

Yantay served as acting manager for GIS and Remote Sensing of the FDA responsible to conduct field validation of communities where logging companies were operating with the Private Use Permits (PUPs).


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