State lawyers yesterday asked the court to summon the surety of the defendants to show why the bond filed in favor of the defendants cannot be set aside and have them arrested.
According to the clerk of court, lawyers for the defendants were seen before the Supreme Court without any written communication to the court.
Judge Paye furthered that “while it is true that the supreme court is the superior court, at least, the counsel should have been kind enough to respect this court by way of written communication as to why they cannot attend the trial”.
“On the other hand, it is provided under the law that defendant should be present at all time at the trial of these proceedings. But one of the defendants Steve Keitor had failed and refused to appear”, he stated.
Judge Paye mentioned that “the submission made by the prosecution to the effect that surety be summoned and appear before this court to give reason why if any their bond cannot be set aside and have them arrested and placed in jail is hereby granted”.
In the document that brought Bishop Conto and Pastor Keitor under the jurisdiction of the court, it alleged that the clergymen entered into a vehicle rental contract with the World Food Program (WFP) Liberia office for a monthly payment of US$18,445, an amount the defendants collected for five months from October 13, 2014 and to March 2015.
The court record alleged further that they received the money in the name of SACS Group, a company created jointly by Keitor and Bishop Conto.
According to the document, the pair, along with one Smith, who is yet to be identified, used SACS Group for the sole purpose of siphoning money from the Korea Trading Corporation. It was a time during which the company provided car rental services to several customers.
Bishop Conto, Pastor Keitor and Smith received through Korea Trading Corporation’s Ecobank account number 0061024724121001 the amount of US$92,225 out of which the company allegedly received US$31,320, leaving a balance of US$60,905 unaccounted for,” the court record claimed.
Besides, the court record alleged that Kettor as general manager of Korea Trading Corporation entered into an agreement on behalf of his company with the US Marines (military personnel) who came to the country to help the fight against the Ebola virus.
During the execution of the contract, Kettor rented two pickup trucks belonging to Korea Trading Corporation to the Marines, where he allegedly received US$17,850, but only paid US$1,000 to the company and failed to account for the balance amount of US$16,875.