Criminal Court ‘C’ at the Temple of Justice yesterday issued an order for the immediate re-arrest of seven of the nine dismissed employees of the First International Bank (FIB) believed to have gone into hiding for fear of prosecution after they were placed on bail.
Defendants Jermin Tegil together with Richard Gboyah, Africanus Freeman, Robert Cummings, Kebbeh Clark, Angie Brooks, Boyan Dadizie,: Ngagi Waritay and Victoria Yaguba were charged for allegedly stealing US$1.2 million while they were in the employ of the bank.
They were charged in 2013 with the commission of the crimes of “theft of property, forgery, money laundering, criminal facilitation and impersonating officials,” which allegations they had denied before they were placed on bail by the Sky Insurance Company.
The Bail was intended to keep them out of jail while awaiting the hearing of their case, but as it is, they are yet to be located.
On several occasions the insurance company has failed to produce the defendants before the court to answer to their charges, admitting, “We cannot locate the defendants.”
Their confession came after Judge Peter Gbeneweleh threatened to hold Sky Insurance in contempt and to also instruct them to pay back the money in question.
Judge Gbeneweleh yesterday ordered the Ministry of Justice, the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and other agencies of government with arresting power to have the defendants re-arrested on sight.
The Judge’s order, a copy of which is with the Daily Observer, stated that “all arresting officers, Ministry of Justice officers and the UNMIL by directive of His Honor Judge Peter Gbeneweleh of Criminal Court “C” are hereby ordered, expounded, commanded to arrest on sight, the living bodies of any of the seven defendants from their hideout and bring them before the court.
The document further instructed, “You must also include their spouses, siblings, uncles, mothers as well as their beneficiaries.”
The court then warned that if they are arrested after normal working hours including Sundays or holidays or during the night time, the officer must arrest the defendants and have them detained at the nearest police sub-station, zone or depot until the next working day when they should be forwarded to court for prosecution.”