22 November 2016

Liberia: Detention Confirmed

The Liberia Football Association has confirmed reports about the arrest of its Vice President for Operations, Cassell Anthony Kouh by Federal Law enforcement officials in the United States of America.

However, LFA says it is not aware about the nature and the reason for the arrest. LFA authorities was quoted in a release as saying they are in contact with Kouh's family and will continue to provide the public with information on the reasons leading to his detention. Kouh is currently detained in North Carolina.

Mr. Kuoh reportedly tried to dupe the Charlotte Police Chief and is said to have bought a house for US$450, 000 in cash, purchased two vehicles, and deposited US$80,000 into a friend's bank account. He was arrested on November 16, 2016.

It can be recalled in August 2015, the Ministry of Information, Culture Affairs and Tourism announced that Kuoh was wanted for prosecution in an US$247,500 theft involving the National Security Agency (NSA) and some Korean businessmen in 2014.

However, lawyers representing Kouh threatened legal action against the ministry for the pronouncement.

At the Information Ministry pronouncement, the then Deputy Information Minister for Public Affairs, Atty. Isaac Jackson said "A finding by the Special Presidential Committee mandated to investigate accusation of money laundering, illegal arrest and conspiracy to defraud some foreign investors revealed that the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of LFA first division club - Cassell FC was involved.

Cassell Kuoh is one of the two alleged conspirators directly involved with the illegal arrest and subsequent stealing of the Korean businessmen money.

However, addressing journalists, Kouh's lawyer, Cllr. Amara Sheriff asked Minister Jackson to be prepared to produce evidence that the Special Presidential Committee, headed by the then Dean and Professor of the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law at the University of Liberia, Cllr. David A.B. Jallah, recommended Mr. Kuoh's prosecution.

"We are going to file a million United States dollars damages lawsuit for the injuries done by the false statements printed on several newspapers and broadcast on various radios about our clients throughout the country," he said.

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