12 September 2017

Liberia: Tyler Denied Diplomatic Passport?

Report reaching this paper indicates that indicted House Speaker J. Alex Tyler was denied a diplomatic passport by authorities of the Passport Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday September 12. Tyler was recently forced to recuse himself from presiding over session following pressure from his colleagues.

Speaker Tyler, who faces criminal indictment here, had earlier written the plenary of the House of Representatives, seeking medical leave. But according to report, when he applied for renewal of his diplomatic passport, which had expired, officials of the Passport Division informed the Bomi County lawmaker that he's not entitled to such high profile passport on grounds that he has recused himself from the Speaker's post.

When this paper contacted the Chief of Office Staff of the embattled Speaker, Mr. Edwin Clark denied the information, but confirmed that his boss should travel anytime. Mr. Clark, however, said his boss has not started the process of documentation for his travel. He added that report of Tyler being denied Diplomatic Passport is not to his knowledge, and those who are spreading such information should be in the full know of the process of obtaining passport whether diplomatic or official.

Under the Criminal law of Liberia, a person facing criminal charges should obtain permission from the judge before leaving the country, and only for medical reason.It is not clear whether Tyler sought permission from the Resident Judge at the Criminal Court before applying for passport renewal. When Assistant Foreign Minister for Public Affairs, Mr. J. Wesley Washington was contacted via mobile phone, his phone rang endlessly without answer.

However, late Monday, a Tyler's confidants confided in this paper that the speaker has already left the country, but didn't say whether with diplomatic, official and ordinary passport. Speaker Tyler stepped aside recently to face prosecution after the Government of Liberia indicted him along with several current and past officials for their alleged role in a bribery scandal as reported by Global Witness.

The report claims among others that recused Speaker Tyler received US$75,000 to temper with the Public Procurement and Concession Commission Act, a an allegation the Speaker has challenged.


President Weah Makes Additional Nominations, Appointments in Govt

President George Weah has made additional appointments/nominations in Government affecting the National Oil Company of… Read more »

See What Everyone is Watching

Copyright © 2017 The New Dawn. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 800 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.