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LACC in charge of cases submitted for prosecution-Verdier

Patrick Flomo

( 10, 2015)-The Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) says it has taken charge of a number of cases it previously submitted to the Ministry of Justice for prosecution.

LACC Executive Chairperson, James Verdier, made the statement in Monrovia, recently when he addressed Liberia on the state of affairs at the commission.

Cllr. Verdier said the commission’s decision is based on the Ministry of Justice’s failure to prosecute the cases within the specified time as provided by law.

The law gives LACC the power to prosecute corruption cases, if the Ministry of Justice fails to prosecute them within 90 day period.

Speaking further, he said the commission will indicts and, on her own, prosecute the alleged payment of oil consultancy fees involving House Speaker, Alex Tyler, and Montserrado County Representative, Adolph Lawrence.

Cllr. Verdier also said the LACC will indict the corruption allegation against former Sinoe County Superintendent, Milton Teahjay, , now Senator, the Japanese Oil Grant between the Ministry of Commerce, the Liberia Petroleum Refining Corporation and others.

He named other institutions the commission intends indicting and prosecuting as the Defense, and Finance and Development Planning Ministries’ forgery case involving Sekou Konneh, among others.

Cllr. Verdier also noted that the commission has commenced investigation into the situation at the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL, the alleged wrongful awarding of contracts to the Pilate Construction Company (SSF) and Chico by the Ministry of Public Works.

The LACC is also poised to prosecute the alleged misapplication of funds allotted for the construction of the Dolokelen Gboveh Community College in Bong County,

He further noted that the LACC has completed the audit and investigation of former Auditor General, Robert Kilby, for allegedly awarding contracts to his own auditing firm and that recommendation will soon be forwarded to the Ministry of Justice for consideration.

The LACC Executive Chairperson has meanwhile lauded the collaboration between the commission and the Justice Ministry that led to the prosecution of some high profile cases.

Cllr. Verdier, however, frowned on the media and the public for demonstrating less interest in the US$6-million Forestry Development Authority case, involving former FDA Managing Director, Moses Wogbeh, and others.


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