Beysolow US$5M ‘Separate Trial’ Ruling Today

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Whether or not former Minister of Commerce (MOC) Miatta Beysolow will be tried separately in the US$5million theft allegation on the sale of the Japanese Oil Grant now rests with Judge Emery Paye of Criminal Court C, who decides her request today.

If Judge Paye denies the request, Beysolow will be prosecuted along with her co-defendants. Otherwise, she could walk free, because the case against her is not enough to convict her, according to a legal expert who spoke to the Daily Observer.

Beysolow, along with former Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) Managing Director T. Nelson Williams, Aaron Wheagar, former Managing Director for Operations at the LPRC, Steve Flahn-Paye, Commence Ministry’s Director for Price Analysis and Marketing, and Aminata and
Sons, Inc, was jointly indicted by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC).

Their charges include economic sabotage, misapplication of entrusted property, criminal conspiracy, criminal facilitation and violation of required Public Procurement and Concession Commission or PPCC procedures and processes.

They are indicted for the role each of them allegedly played when using Aminata & Sons to sell oil that was presented to Liberia by the Japanese government for the country’s economy.

Under the law, when two or more people are indicted jointly, and there is evidence that is admissible against one of them, but inadmissible against the other, the one against whom such evidence is inadmissible is entitled to a separate trial.

But where the evidence is admissible against all defendants, severance of trials is not allowed.

Her lawyers are arguing that there is no material evidence to relate her to the commission of the crimes.

But the LACC is claiming that it has numerous evidences to convict her of the crime.

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