Court Orders Arrest of 35 Persons in ‘Missing Billions’ Saga



    Temple of Justice Building photo credit: Nwelt A. Mathies

    The Monrovia City Court at the Temple of Justice has ordered the arrest of the living bodies of 35 defendants, including past and current Central Bank of Liberia’s top management team members and others to be brought before court to answer to criminal charges levelled against them by the Republic of Liberia by and through the Ministry of Justice after they were linked to the alleged disappearance of L$15billions.

    The arrest order issued on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, comes with a writ of NE EXEAT REPUBLICA, which bars them from traveling out of Liberia.

    The 35 affected persons are Milton Weeks, Charles Sirleaf, Dorbor Hagba, Richard H. Walker, Adolphus Forkpah, Cyrus Badio, Amie N. Rogers, Michael B. Ogun, James Wilfred, Joseph K. Jallah, Dr. Mounir Siaplay, Supuwood T. Tarpeh, Mussa A. Kamara, Mustapha E. Sherman, Sylvia Tarkpah, Joyce J. Dolo, George Wilson, Miatta Oberly Kuteh, Marica E. Grigsby-Toe, Musulyn RB Jackson, Maaka Amblard, Prince Bull, Solomon Jaykpah, Theodoria B. Jreh, Oldada Deshield Ophelia Nyenpan, Barquolleh Gabriel, Zinnah Davison, Lillie Ballah, Andrew Pabai, Edwina Edet, William Dargbeh, Stephen Nyenma, David M. Wilson, Lawrence Sirleaf.

    Magistrate J. Kennedy Peabody instructed the clerk to notify the said defendants to make their formal appearance in court and thereafter the clerk should make his official returns endorse at the back of this writ as form and manner of service thereof. “And for doing so, this shall constitute your legal and sufficient authority,” the court’s instruction to the clerk, said.

    Magistrate Peabody warned that if the defendants herein failed to file a bail bond as required by law and approved by the court, the sheriff shall commit them in the common jail of Montserrado County where they will remain until and unless they filed such bail and security.

    “Whereas, it has been represented to his Honor J. Kennedy Peabody, Stipendiary Magistrate of the Monrovia City Court, Temple of Justice, Monrovia, that the above petitioner filed before this court, an application that the above defendants are about to leave the bailiwick of the Republic of Liberia to foreign parts much to the surprise of the plaintiff, and that the magistrate having been duly satisfied with the application filed by the plaintiff orders a writ of Ne Exeat Republica issued,” the Writ of NE EXEAT Republica stated.

    A highly placed source within the Temple of Justice told New Democrat that the defendants having received the writ of arrest and NE EXEAT REPUBLICA are expected to appear at the court beginning Friday, September 28, 2018.

    Writes P. Nas Mulbah