The Government of Liberia has been asked to refund US$247, 500.00 taken from some Korean nationals by agents of the National Security Agency on July 8, 2014 at a local hotel in Monrovia.
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf recently appointed a special independent committed headed by the Dean of the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, University of Liberia, Clllr. David A. B. Jallah to probe accusations of money laundering, counterfeiting, illegal arrest and conspiracy to defraud, involving some Korean nationals, a Lebanese and the National Security Agency (NSA).
The money in question was reportedly withdrawn by the Koreans and partners from the International Bank of Liberia (IBLL) on July 8, 2014, and taken directly to the City King Hotel, but immediately after arrival by agents of the National Security Agency, NSA.
A press release issued by the Executive Mansion in Monrovia, says the Jallah-led committee also recommends that appropriate administrative actions be taken immediately against five operatives of the National Security Agency who were directly involved with the arrest of the Korean and Sierra Leonean nationals.
It further recommends that the five NSA operatives were directly involved in the arrest along with two co-conspirators not employed with the entity be handed over to the Ministry of Justice for prosecution in order to clear the name and image of the National Security Agency.
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has reportedly received the report of the special independent committee and subsequently forwarded it to the Ministry of Justice for review and to ensure that appropriate actions including all of the recommendations contained therein are taken consistent with law.
The Liberian Leader has also forwarded a copy of the report to the NSA to ensure that the Agency works with the Ministry of Justice to ensure the speedy implementation of the recommendations.