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Liberian Ex-President Weah’s Aide Faces Supreme Court Ultimatum in Assets Recovery Case

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The Justice in Chamber at the Supreme Court of Liberia, Yusf D. Kaba, has given Gracious Ride, a transportation company managed by Finda Nora Bondo, a five-day ultimatum to provide all title documents for the commercial vehicles seized by the Presidential Asset Recovery taskforce.

Finda Bondo served as Chief of Executive Mansion Protocol and one of Weah’s trusted aide between 2018 and 2024. This decision was made on April 1, 2024, after a conference between lawyers representing the Assets Recovery Team and Gracious Ride lawyers.

On March 28, 2024, the Asset Recovery and Property Retrieval task force conducted a search to recover impounded government assets, including vehicles owned by former Chief of Protocol Madam Finda Nora Bondo.

In an interview with judicial reporters at the Temple of Justice, Cllr. Edwin Kla Martin stated that the petitioner’s legal standing was challenged, as they lacked the capacity to pursue this legal battle. He also emphasized the need for the Gracious Ride management to provide relevant title documents to prove the rightful acquisition of the vehicles.

The burden of proof now lies with Gracious Ride to substantiate their claims and counterclaims against the Presidential Asset Recovery team, shifting the responsibility from the Asset Recovery team.

Cllr. Martin dismissed the complaint filed against the Presidential Asset Recovery team by Gracious Ride’s legal team as false and misleading, cautioning the public that the team is operating within the bounds of the law. He also dispelled speculations that the team is targeting former Weah regime officials unjustly.

Furthermore, the court instructed the task force to halt any pending seizures until a conference is held on the Writ of Prohibition filed by Gracious Ride Incorporated.

Gracious Ride Transport, in their filing, sought to prohibit the Asset Recovery Team from seizing their vehicles used for transportation services in the country.

President Joseph N. Boakai established the Asset Recovery Taskforce to search, seize, and investigate government assets, including vehicles and other valuable items that have been intentionally or unknowingly taken away.

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