Hence, the war on corruption is getting more serious. Considering the fact that the “vampire” is sucking the lifeblood of a nation and its people, the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) through the special Grand Jury for Montserrado County has moved to clasp and charge four former government officials with economic sabotage, misapplication of entrusted properties, criminal conspiracy, criminal facilitation, and violation of the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC) law for their alleged role in the handling of the US$13 million Japanese Oil grant.
Madam Miata Beysolow, former Minister of Commerce and Industry; Steve Flahn Paye, then Director, Price Analysis and Marketing; T. Nelson Williams II, former Managing Director of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company; Aaron J. Wheagar, former Deputy Managing Director for Operations and implementing agent of the Japanese oil grant at the LPRC, and the Chief Executive Officer of Aminata and Sons, Siaka Turay, are expected to answer to the charges at Criminal Court “A” in Monrovia. According to the indictment, the officials while serving in their respective capacities, criminally colluded and embezzled funding provided by the government and people of Japan to the Liberian government for social and economic development efforts.
The indictment states that the defendants, “acted severally without the color of right and fear of God and in total violation of the statutory laws of the republic of Liberia made and provided, and with criminal and wicked intents, deprived the government and people of Liberia their just benefits or portion of proceeds required by the distribution and sale of the Japanese oil grant valued at US$ 13,083,350.00 for the supply of an expected quantity of 15,000MT of Petroleum products.”
It is further alleged by the Grand Jury for Montserrado County that the “defendants did knowingly, feloniously, purposely, criminally, maliciously, willfully, and intentionally, steal, pilfer, take and carry away, exercise unauthorized control over and converted the total amount of US$5,764,110.84 for their use and benefit of others under various schemes” and thereby committed the felonious crimes of economic sabotage, misapplication of entrusted property, criminal conspiracy, and criminal facilitation.
“The defendants are in fragrant violation of chapter 15, sub chapter “F” (Economic Sabotage), section 15.80 (a), (b) and (c), section 15.81 (a, b and c) and section 15.82 (a, b and c), section 15.56 (Misapplication of Entrusted property) and chapter 10, section 10.2 (criminal facilitation) and 10.4 (criminal conspiracy) of the penal law of the republic of Liberia”, the indictment averred.