19 February 2013

Liberia: LACC Denies Brutality Claim

Photo: New Democrat
Liberia's Anti-Corruption Commission leader, Frances Johnson Allison.

The Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) has denied reports that the Director of Communications at the Ministry of Public Works, Jesefu Keita was brutalized or manhandled recently.

In a release issued yesterday, LACC clarified that on February 11, 2013, it did arrest Mr. Keita for his continuous arrogance and refusal to honor requests of the Commission to provide clarifications regarding documents he submitted for ongoing investigation into an alleged media consultancy contract valued at US$12,600.00 entered into between the Ministry of Public Works and the management of FLASHPOINT, which was initiated by Mr. Keita.

Instead of Mr. Keita availing himself and cooperating with the investigation process, LACC alleged that Mr. Keita challenged the authority of the LACC and ruined insults at investigators of the Commission.

Therefore, LACC indicated that it was left with no alternative, but to arrest Mr. Keita in order to submit to the authority of the Commission.

"The LACC has always conducted its investigations in a professional manner for which it continues to be commended," the Commission indicated in the release.

Recently, the President of the Bassa Community College, Dr. Levi Zanga wrote the LACC thanking the Commission for the professional way it conducted an investigation involving him.

The Act establishing the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission gives it the mandate to investigate and prosecute all acts of corruption in both the public and private sectors of society. The Commission therefore remains resolute in implementing this mandate and will not allow anyone regardless of status to obstruct its work as no one is above the law.

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