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CENTAL Wants US Supply Evidence to Try Sanctioned Officials

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By Blamo N. Toe

The Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia has implored the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission to engage the US government for evidence to aid prosecution of elected sanctioned officials.

Anderson Miamen, the group’s Executive Director also wants the anti-graft agency to investigate other individuals not on US blacklist accused of corruption and the abuse of public trust and resources.

Between 2020 and 2022 the following individuals while serving the Liberian government in various capacities were sanction by the United States Department of treasury for corruption: Senator Prince Johnson of Nimba, Senator Varney Sherman of Grand Cape Mount, senator-elect  Bill Twehway of River Cess, and senator-elect Nathaniel McGill of Margibi Counties as well as Cllr. Sayma Syrenius Cephus then chief prosecutors.

Voters on Oct. 10 ignored the US anti corruption efforts and elected three of the blacklisted people to the Senate.

Displeased with the citizens’ action, CENTAL sees the trial of the accused officials as the best action in the fight against official corruption and to break the culture of impunity.

“This is one of the initial biggest tests of the new LACC as Liberians and development partners are eagerly watching to see the Commission’s stance on this matter,” Miamen told reporters Friday in the capital Monrovia..

CENTAL also urged government to provide adequate financial and logistical support to public integrity institutions, especially the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission that is leading the fight against corruption in the country.

 

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