27 June 2012

Liberia: Ex-Grand Gedeh Supt. Resurfaces - Wanted for Corruption

Former Grand Gedeh Superintendent, Chris Bailey, says he was never on the run as has been circulated in the media.Superintendent Bailey said, he has been commuting between Monrovia and Grand Gedeh, performing his responsibility as Superintendent of the County. According to him, he turned over the office to the new superintendent last Sunday, June 24th, 2012, adding that there has been no Writ of arrest issued against him since he was declared wanted by the government for prosecution.

He said his Deputy, the Assistant Superintendent for Development, Nyebio Ceoh was arrested while attending a development meeting and taken to the Seventh Judicial Circuit Court in Zwedru, and subsequently transferred to the Zwedru Correction Palace. Mr. Bailey explained that it was only later when he received the indictment, after which his legal counsel secured a valid bond for him and his deputy.The former Grand Gedeh Superintendent said, he believes that the Solicitor General of Liberia, Wilkins Wright is personalizing the indictment against him and the Development Superintendent, as he wondered whether the trial will be fair.

According to Mr. Bailey, Cllr. Wright dissolved jurors who were already selected to hear the case and carry out re-selection 'for the purpose of deciding the case in favor of the government.' The Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Justice and the Seventh Judicial Circuit Court in Grand Gedeh County, on Friday June 9th indicted the former Grand Gedeh County Superintendent Chris Bailey and his Development Superintendent Nyebio Ceoh, for multiple charges ranging from financial improprieties, economic sabotage, theft of property, misuse of public fund among others.They were also indicted for violating the Public Procurement & Concession Commission (PPCC) Act and the budget laws of Liberia. The Government of Liberia said, the action against the two men is part of government's efforts in the fighting against corruption in the country.

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