President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Committee Orders Refund of US$247k Seized From Koreans
MONROVIA, November 7 (LINA) -The Special Presidential Committee mandated to investigate accusations of money laundering, counterfeiting, illegal arrest and conspiracy to defraud some foreign investors has presented its report to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
The Committee headed by the Dean and Professor of the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law at the University of Liberia, Cllr. David A. B. Jallah, recommended to President Sirleaf that government ensures refund of the US$247,500 seized from the Korean nationals.
According to the report, the five operatives of the National Security Agency (NSA) who were directly involved with the arrest of the Korean and Sierra Leonean nationals, and their two co-conspirators who do not work with the NSA, be handed over to the Ministry of Justice for prosecution to clear the name and image of the NSA.
An Executive Mansion release said the US$247, 500 was withdrawn by the Korean nationals from the International Bank of Liberia (IBLL) on July 8, 2014.
According to the release, they proceeded directly to the City King Hotel immediately thereafter and were arrested shortly after their arrival at the hotel.
The release said President Sirleaf, who has received the report, has forwarded it to the Ministry of Justice for review and to ensure that appropriate actions, including all of the recommendations contained in the report, are taken consistent with law.
The report recommended that appropriate administrative actions be taken immediately against the operatives of the NSA (five in all) who were directly involved with the arrest of the Korean and Sierra Leonean nationals.
The release added that the President 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 contained therein.