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Gov’t Given 72 Hours

-In Missing Billions Case; Ordered To Turn Over Documentary Evidence

Ahead of today’s hearing into the CBL former officials stealing case, the Judge of Criminal Court “C” had ordered the Government of Liberia to turn over every documentary evidence to the defendants through their respective lawyers.

This is to ensure that the defendants are adequately and sufficiently equipped to enable defendant’s team to provide adequate representation on behave of their clients.

Judge Dixson’s mandate comes as a result of alleged failure on the part of government’s lawyers to turn over pieces of documentary evidence in her procession to the defendants’ councils.

The Judge on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 cancelled and reset the matter to today, August 26, 2019 after both legal teams had made their representation.

“This case is reassigned for hearing on Monday, the same being August 26, 2019 at the hour of 11: A.M. for resumption after defendant’s team shall have received those pieces of evidence and have them studied,” Judge Dixson indicated.

This means that the case might be rescheduled again if prosecution failed to adhere to the Judge’s instruction.

Government is seeking the prosecution of Milton Weeks, Charles Sirleaf, Dorbor Hagba, Richard Walker and Joseph Dennis former executives of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) for multiple offenses ranging from economic sabotage, criminal facilitation, criminal conspiracy, and the recent money laundering.

Government’s action is predicated upon an alleged plan of the indictees to collude and conspire to launder money and sabotage the Liberian economy, by defrauding the CBL and Government of Liberia through the printing of excess Liberian dollars banknotes amounting to two billion six hundred forty-five million Liberian dollars (2,645,000,000).

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