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LACC regrets MOJ’s refusal to prosecute Buchanan Port saga

By Lincoln G. Peters

The Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LAC) has expressed sadness and regret over the manner and form in which the Ministry of Justice has handled the alleged Buchanan Port corruption saga.

The LACC accuses the Ministry of Justice of allegedly refusing to prosecute alleged corrupt officials connected to the corruption allegation from the Port of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.

At a news conference recently, LACC Executive Chairperson Cllr. Edwin Kla Martin said several months ago the matter from Buchanan Port was sent to the Ministry of Justice, headed by Cllr. Musa Dean.

However, Cllr. Martin indicated that the Ministry has allegedly refused to use the power given them by the law to prosecute the case.

In July, President George Manneh Weah suspended the Buchanan Port Managing Mr. Charles MacArthur D.  Gull and his Chief Statistician, Amara Kamara, for allegedly transferring the amount of US$300,000 into a private account.

They were arrested and investigated by personnel of the National Security Agency and they allegedly admitted to the crimes.

According to report, they were suspended for alleged involvement in the diverting of monies intended for the Government of Liberia into their personal accounts both in the United States of America and in Liberia, respectively.

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Meanwhile, the funds according to reports were remittance paid by ArcelorMittal Steel and Equatorial Palm Oil for the exploration of iron ore and palm oil via the Port of Buchanan in Grand Bassa County.

But Cllr. Martin told journalists that the LACC has taken charge of the matter, noting that it has concluded all investigations and is awaiting indictment for prosecution.

According to him, LACC will use its connection and make sure all those linked to the Buchanan Port saga are prosecuted by working with the US Government to extradite all those outside the country.

“The indictment will be drawn in the Buchanan Port case. The Ministry of Justice had failed to prosecute but we are now in possession of the matter according to our laws that provide [a] three-month period [for] them,” said Cllr. Martin. 

“We will bring all those away back to the country and make sure justice is served.https://thenewdawnliberia.com/port-of-buchanan-managers-admit-to-stealing-300k/

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