The House of Representatives has turned over former Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) Executive Governor Milton Weeks, Deputy Governor Charles Sirleaf and board members to the Executive branch for further investigation, after several weeks of separate legislative probe into missing 16bn Liberian Dollars.
A presidential special investigative team was already looking into the same case, beside pronouncement that US experts were helping too before the House began its own probe.Some current and past members of the House were accused in the case, which means an independent probe may not want to tie down its inquiry only to past and present officials of the CBL.
The House of Representatives early this month invited the Mr. Weeks and other former officials of government, including former Speaker Emmanuel Nuquay, to give account of some $15.5 billion dollars that is alleged to be missing.
After investigation by the House of Representatives, the lawmakers have decided to turn the investigation over to the Executive to look into the matter and get back to them in January 2019 when they shall have returned from their break.
In a related development, the House of Representatives has instructed the Ministry of Justice along with the Liberia National Police (LNP) to bring the living body of Liberian journalist Philibert Brown, publisher of local daily Hot Pepper newspaper for investigation on account of his reportage in the alleged missing billions case.
The House wants journalist Brown to be produced by the police and the Ministry before full plenary this Friday, 30 November.Early this month, the House of Representatives summoned Mr. Brown to provide some evidence that some lawmakers were allegedly bribed for the printing of $10 billion Liberian dollars.
His summon was prompted by a communication by Nimba County Rep. Samuel G. Kogar, who claimed that journalist Brown made some revelation on local broadcaster OK FM.According to him, journalist Brown had alleged that there were some pieces of evidence to show and tell that more than 15 members of the Legislature allegedly received bribes on two separate occasion.
By Bridgett Milton–Edited by Winston W. Parley