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Int’l Bank Begs Court To Be Discharged In ‘Bribery’ Case
By Ballah M. Kollie
MONROVIA, April 7 (LINA) – The International Bank-Liberia Limited (IBLL) has pleaded with Criminal Court ‘C’ to discharge it of any and all obligations relating to the Sable Mining bribery case being tried by the court.
The bank, in a communication dated April 4, said its request is based on the fact that it has nothing to hide and that it is not a party to the case.
The request follows the turning over of the controversial missing checks on Tuesday to the court.
The turning in of the two checks was based on a writ of subpoena deuces tecum/ad testificadum served the bank in January this year.
It can be recalled that on March 29 IBLL in-house Counsel and the Headquarters Branch Manager Edwin Kamanda testified that that they have checks in warehouses and document sections at all of their branches and even at the headquarters and are yet to find the requested checks.
When he took the witness stand as a subpoena witness, Kamanda asked the court for mercy as all efforts to locate the checks had failed.
Less than a week later, however, the bank reported check number CK001760 with US$10,000 and check number CK001792 with US$75,000.
The checks, issued on June 23 and August 25 respectively, carry the names of Counselor G. Moses Paegar and Roberta Parker.
It can also be recalled that on the same March 29, two staffers of Sherman and Sherman testified to the withdrawal of a total of US$107,500 all of which, they said, were reported to defendant H. Varney G. Sherman.
According to Christopher Belepea, check numbers CK 001777 and CK001759 dated July 15, 2010 and June 14, 2010, totaling US$57,500, all of which he admitted withdrawing were turned over to his boss Sherman.
Also taking the witness stand, Sherman and Sherman Financial Officer Roberta Parker confirmed that check number CK001800 dated August 31 was raised in her name which she withdrew and turned over to Counselor Sherman.
These checks are among several checks that form part of transactions between Sherman and Sherman Law Firm and the UK-based Sable Mining, while the firm was serving as its legal counsel in the country.
The request for Sherman and Sherman's bank account and originals of processed checks between June, July and August 2010 are intended to help the State prove its case against defendants in the ongoing Global Witness/ Sable Mining case being heard at Criminal Court “C” at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia.
Former House of Representatives Speaker, J. Alex Tyler, Senators H. Varney G. Sherman and Morris Saytumah; Eugene Shannoh, Willie Belleh, Christopher
Onanuga, E.C.B. Jones and Richard Tolbert are facing tri al for their complicity in a US$950,000 alleged bribery case.
They are said to have received the money to influence changes in the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission law in favour of Sable Mining Company for an iron ore-rich mine in Lofa County.
The men are charged by Grand Jurors of Montserrado County for receiving bribes, Criminal Facilitation, Criminal Solicitation, Criminal Conspiracy and Economic Sabotage.