17 February 2013

Liberia: Sethi Fumbles - As He Testifies in U.S.$62,500 Lease Case

The fourth witness in the US$62,500 lease agreement case linking Sethi Brothers Corporation to fraudulent act testified and told the court that while Madam Bindu Dukuly was in Dubai, she received the amount in question (US$62,500), as part payment of the 20 years lease agreement.

Witness Paul Raspal who is also Manager of Sethi Brothers Corporation said the US$62,500 was allegedly paid to Madam Dukuly in Dubai where Sethi Brothers Corporation has account and an official receipt was issued and signed by Madam Dukuly while in Dubai.

According to witness Raspal, the US$62,500 was paid to Madam Dukuly after the signing of the lease agreement in March 2012, but added that he could not remember the actual day the money was paid.

Mr. Raspal who told the court that he lived in Liberia for over 35 years and he never told a lie fumbled when he could not establish the reality as to when the US$62,500 was paid to Madam Dukuly.

Testifying in the Civil Law Court at the Temple of Justice, the Indian businessman alleged that he entered lease agreement with Madam Dukuly on March 1, 2012, but denied of leasing said property to one of his family members as claimed by Madam Dukuly.

However, when the first witness produced by Sethi's lawyers in the ongoing Lease Case took the witness stand, Madam Elaine H. Nemah said she had no knowledge of her boss (Paul Raspal) paying US$62,500 as part payment of five of the 20 years lease agreement.

Though witness Elaine H. Nemah told the court that she has no idea as to whether her boss paid US$62,500 as part payment to the owner (Madam Dukuly)s of said property in question, she said she only received a copy of a receipt of said amount(US$62,500) from her boss(Paul Raspal).

Madam Nemah who is currently working for Sethi Brothers as Management Consultant told the court during her testimony that Madam Dukuly was present in Liberia and received the money in question before leaving Liberia for Dubai.

According to witness Nemah, Madam Dukuly received the US$62,500 on March 16, in Liberia, but later told the court that Madam Dukuly was not in Liberia rather in Dubai when the US$62,500 was paid.

But when Madam Dukuly took the witness on her own behalf, she alleged that she never received US$62,500 either signed for said money as claimed by Sethi Brothers.

She also told the court in her testimony a week ago that Sethi Brothers allegedly forged her signature and that she was in Dubai on March 16 and never sign and received said money (US$62,500) as part payment of five of the 20 years lease agreement.

Madam Dukuly who currently resides in Dubai where she is seeking medication sued Sethi Brothers for allegedly forging her signature and also wants the cancellation of the lease agreement with Sethi Brothers.

However, Sethi Brothers Corporation which is on trial at the Civil Law Court at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia for a preparing a fraudulent lease agreement has since denied allegation brought against it.

Meanwhile, both lawyers in the case have rested with the production of witnesses and they (Lawyers) are now preparing to put forth their points through argument scheduled this week.

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