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Govt denies link to reported corruption, passport scandal

James Akoi/Benjamin S. Taingay
 Information Minister, Lewis Brown
Information Minister, Lewis Brown

( 5, 2015)-The Liberian Government has sharply reacted to media reports linking it to corruption and to issuing Liberian passports to Lebanon-based Hezbollah militias.

The corruption report is attributed to U.S President, Barrack Obama.

In reaction, Information Minister, Lewis Brown, described the corruption report as “false and misleading, and an attempt to deny the Liberian people the much needed foreign support.”

“Government has already begun seeking the truthfulness of those reports by perusing the speeches of Presidents Obama and Buhari, allegedly attributed to them,” he emphasized.

The Liberian Government Spokesman made the denial Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at the regular Information Ministry press briefing in Monrovia.

Minister Brown also said Government’s attention has been drawn to another report that Lebanon-based Hezbollah militias are using Liberian passports.

He said: “The Government will not take the reports lightly and vowed to take the appropriate administrative actions, if the reports are proven to be inaccurate.”

Minister Brown, however, renewed Government’s commitment to protecting press freedom in the country.

He said: “Government will not condone reckless reportage with the view of exercising press freedom in the country.”


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