“It is true that through telephone conversations (perhaps three) somebody from Global Witness tried to interview me and I refused to grant an interview for reason that I could not discuss Sable Mining’s business without violating Liberian law.
I referred them to Sable Mining. Global Witness eventually sent me a matrix (not a spreadsheet) on which some of the alleged payments were inserted and asked if I would confirm or deny those payments. I refused to confirm or deny the alleged payments for the same reason as stated before and I maintain that position,” the Harvard trained lawyer said in a press statement issued on May 13, 2016.
Legal minds who spoke to this paper on condition of anonymity said it is unimaginable for a learned lawyer like Cllr. Sherman to say that he could not confirm nor deny on a mere basis that the matrix sent to him did not have any stamp or date to show validity.
“If a man who boosts about knowing the law could not trash a document that he sees as not being authentic but would be looking for points to make it valid, then his stance leaves more question than answer. Why would he want to deny now and not then,” one legal analyst told this paper in an interview.
The legal analyst indicated that the learned lawyer’s acknowledgement of the document points to the fact that the matrix had truth in it and he must be made to explain further.
Notwithstanding the strong opinions being expressed by Cllr. Sherman’s role in the alleged bribery scandal, he has vowed not to appear before the presidential taskforce set up by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
The Grand Cape Mount County lawmaker argued that as an accused in a criminal matter, he would only go to court to clear his name and not before a committee.
However, the head of the Presidential Taskforce, Cllr. Fonati Koffa told a local radio talk show that he will ensure that all those listed in the report are made to appear to explain their role in the bribery scandal.
As part of its work, the taskforce has subpoenaed banks where these individuals have accounts to make available bank statements to aid the investigation.
But Cllr. Sherman has filed a motion against the Writ of Subpoena to have his bank statements released to the Fonati Koffa Taskforce.