19 February 2013

Liberia: Ex-Police Chief, Others Deny Stealing U.S.$199,000

Photo: The New Dawn
Police patrol.

Ex-police Inspector General, Beatrice Munah Sieh -Brown and four accomplices on Monday denied stealing US$199,000 after they heard the reading of their 6-page indictment at Criminal Court 'C' at the Temple of Justice, setting the stage for their trial to begin shortly.

The grand jury of Monsterrado County indicted former police chief Beatrice Munah Sieh Brown along with Harria Mannah Dunn, Prince O.A Akinremi, Kaymah N. Zeon and Nebo Garlo on four counts of economic sabotage, theft of property, criminal facilitation and criminal conspiracy.

According to the indictment, co-defendant Brown as head of the Liberia National Police Force for alleged procurement of police uniforms and accessories valued at $US199,800 intended for the police Emergency Respond Unit (ERU).

It also said co-defendant Brown allegedly committed the act with help of Harria Mannah Dunn, Prince O.A Akinremi, Kaymah N. Zeon and Nebo Garlo.

Meanwhile, at a jury selection process that immediately began for the trial, 10 of the 27 panel of jurors were rejected and four were disbanded on grounds that they were in school and could not be sequestrated.

Thirteen jurors were qualified and sequestrated at the basement of Temple of Justice awaiting the remaining two in order to complete the panel of 15 jurors.

Therefore, presiding Judge Yussif Kaba of Criminal Court 'C' has instructed the clerk of court to inform the various township commissioners in Monsterrado County to forward names of qualified Liberian citizens to the court to serve as jurors.

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