15 February 2013

Liberia: Paul Raspal Testifies in Lease Agreement Case

Paul Raspal, a civil defendant in the case involving him and Madam Bindu Fatumatta Dukuly the complainant, yesterday took the stand before the civil law court at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia.

In his testimony, Raspal confirmed making a payment of US$62,500.00 to Madam Dukuly for a 5 years lease of the 20 years agreement.

According to him, the amount was paid to Madam Dukuly by his business office at Dubai in the Middle East.

In his testimony in court on Thursday, he showed several receipts of payment made to Madam Dukuly something the Civil Law Court took note of.

Following his presentation, he added that few weeks later, after the agreement was entered into and notarized, Madam Dukuly resented on grounds that her children were not satisfied with the agreement signed between them in Liberia.

At that junction, he explained that once they have entered into a legitimate agreement, he (Raspal) would have the right to sub-lease to another party based on the agreement.

Meanwhile, the case has been adjourned to next Monday, February 18, 2013 at the hour of 2:00PM for final argument by Civil Law Court Judge Yusif Kaba.

In a related development, the prosecution lawyer argued that Mr. Paul Raspal in no uncertain term inserted the name of the Indian Consul General Upjit Jeety in the agreement, which they said was incorrect and termed it as forgery on the part of Paul Raspal.

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