20 December 2012

Liberia: Pastor Claims Email Frauds

The Pastor on trial for allegedly duping the ABC International of US$1m project Reverend Matthew T. Sakeuh has claimed "There is a possibility for some of the thousand emails (exchanges with ABC executives) to be created to disprove my testimony."

Defendant Sakeuh made the claim on Wednesday at the Criminal Court "C" here when he faced cross examination with state lawyer Cllr. Theophilus T.C. Gould, who quoted numerous email exchanges believed to have occurred between defendant Sakeuh and ABC International President Gudrum Margret Palsdottir.

In one of the emails read by Cllr. Gould, the lawyer argued that the defendant had written Margret in 2006, informing her of his save arrival from America to Liberia "last night, November 13."

Cllr. Gould wondered what was the possibility that defendant Sakeuh could have signed a resolution in Liberia on November 19, 2006 to change the name of the African Indigenous Evangelical Mission (AIEM) to ABC Children Aid Liberia, when he allegedly arrived in Liberia in December 2006.

But in response, defendant Reverend Sakeuh said, "I can't remember arriving in Liberia in December 2006; the Email could be tempered with. I remember arriving in Liberia in November 2006, not December."

The pastor further vowed to provide the password to his email address to make available communications exchanges between him and Margret, to authenticate his claims that the emails provided by Cllr. Gould might have been tempered with or created to disprove his (pastor's) testimony.

Earlier on Tuesday, defendant Sakeuh told the court during cross examination that the change of his institution's name from AIEM to ABC Children Aid Liberia by board members did not suggest selling the properties to ABC Children Aid, but rather a change of name on the deed.

"AIEM did not sell the property to ABC Children Aid Liberia. And I said the price for the 52.76 acres of land was US$74,000.00... it was just a change of name on the deed," said Sakeuh.

Besides, he claimed that none of the emails was intended for Margret, but for those, who had expressed interest in his organization when he visited Iceland, saying "therefore, I was asking for help through her."

The defendant insisted that Margret did not have money to pay him, accusing her of confiscating business cards intended for him to deny him direct contact with donors. He said ABC International is a foreign entity and as such, cannot own property in Liberia, saying no part of the Liberian Constitution allows foreigners to own properties.

"I want for the lawyer to reveal to me if property can be owned by foreigners now in Liberia- specifically white foreigners," said defendant Sakeuh.

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