Heated legal arguments ensued during the Wednesday January 20, 2016, cross examination hearings at the Criminal Court C in Monrovia.
According to the defense team, witness Flomo’s earlier statement at the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) and testimonies provided to the court are mired with discrepancies and flaws.
The defense team argues that while appearing as second state witness on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, at the Criminal Court ‘C’, Deneah M. Flomo told the court that he was accompanied by Lawrence Dahn, encashed a cheque valued at US$125,000.00 and returned the money to Madam Paelay.
The defense furthered that statements provided the LACC reference the witness to mentioning that he was accompanied by Mrs. Paelay to Ecobank to encash the cheque.
During the court’s Thursday January 7, 2016 hearing, Criminal Court C Judge A. Blamo Dixon, granted the nulle prosequoi request filed by the prosecution in favor of Deneah M. Flomo of the City of Monrovia, as second state witness.
A Special Grand Jury for Montserrado upon oath, jointly indicted Parker, Paelay and the Chief Executive Officer of the Denmar Enterprise Deneah M. Flomo for allegedly robbing government of over US$800,000.00.
Mr. Flomo who allegedly admitted to the Liberia Anti Corruption Commission (LACC) investigator Blamo Koffa stated that he did not have the knowledge or capacity to execute the contracts for which he allegedly received payments from Co-defendants Matilda W. Parker and Christiana K. Paelay.
Both co- defendants Matilda Parker and Christiana K. Paelay are standing trial for allegedly awarding over US800, 000.00 wreck removal contract awarded to Denear M. Flomo which was not executed by the said contractor.
According to the indictment, the action of the defendants is in fragrant violation of chapter 15, sub chapter “F”, sections 15.80(a)(b)(c), 15.81(a)(b)(c), and 15.82(b)(c), of the new panel law of the republic of Liberia.
The indictment indicated that between the periods July 2011, up to December 2012, while in their respective positions, co-defendants Parker and Paelay made fraudulent payments from the accounts of the National Port Authority (NPA) for the removal of wrecks from the port of Greenville in Sinoe County, valued at US$500,000.00.
Payments also cover the provision of security consultancy at the port of Monrovia, Buchannan, and Greenville, Montserrado, Grand Bassa and Sinoe counties respectively with a value of US$300,000.00.
It added that all transactions were without the approval of the public procurement and concession commission (PPCC), thus preventing “no objection” to sole source the two contracts as is required by the PPCC Act.
The indictment further indicated that the contract for the removal of the wrecks from the port of Greeenville did not meet the approval of the Liberia Maritime Authority (LMA), since the work was marine related.