Over four and a half years have passed since Canadian investor Len Lindstrom won a decisive case in the Civil Law Court but reports reaching the Daily Observer indicate that no effort has been made to enforce the Supreme Court’s Judgment since January 10, 2014.
Lindstrom, the President CEO of Liberty Gold and Diamond Mining, Inc. and its associate companies, initiated the case in 2010 against the government of Liberia and the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy over the illegal termination of its numerous licensed mineral properties in Liberia and the government’s immediate relicensing of all Liberty properties to other companies.
Judge Peter Gbenewelleh ruled on March 11, 2011 in the Lower Court that the actions of the government of Liberia and Lands, Mines and Energy were “…illegal, irregular, improper and unlawful” and further stated in the judgment that there had been gross violations of the investor’s rights and of the Constitution.
The judge thereafter ordered the Liberty properties to be immediately returned and reinstated to the investor, which our sources say the Liberian government has failed to honor.
Following the delay to enforce the Supreme Court’s order after more than three years, Lindstrom has complained about the “constant delays and outright lies… until I was left with no choice but to openly expose the underhanded and illegal actions of top government appointed officials at Lands, Mines and Energy,” which he did by writing and documenting his charges in a 618-page book entitled “Corruption 101 – Liberia Style.”
The corruption book not only listed the names and actions of the individuals involved in the illegal expropriation of his properties but was substantiated with over 300 pages of documents to validate his charges.
The book was widely received by the general public, including foreign governments and anti-corruption groups, and was welcomed for its accurate and documented exposure of gross government corruption, greed, coercion, extortion, misuse of political office and cunning manipulation designed to cheat investors and potentially and unjustly enrich officials.
After waiting for over three and half years for an assignment in Supreme Court in response to the appeal filed by government, the highly publicized release of the “Corruption 101” book on Sunday evening, January 5, 2014, brought an almost immediate response, and only four and a half days later, the Supreme Court assigned the Liberty case and the same day delivered a 57-page Opinion and Final Judgment; both court documents had been reported to be completed months earlier.
The Supreme Court’s Final Judgment was a unanimous decision determined by all five Justices in Liberty’s favor and was delivered on January 10, 2014. According to Lindstrom, six days after the ruling, Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe, his legal representative, received a ‘petition for re-argument’ on the pretext that the government did not want to delay the process any further but simply wanted to buy time to negotiate a quick and quiet out-of-court settlement with Lindstrom and the Liberty companies.
Sources said Cllr. Gongloe questioned “this highly unusual action” and asked the Supreme Court if this unconventional event was a newly acceptable procedure for filing.
“Despite promises that the Liberty case would be quickly assigned, it did not happen for 14 months until the Supreme Court reopened in March 2015, at which time arguments were heard concerning the motion on the very first day of active court in the March 2015 Term,” sources said.
Nevertheless, sources confirmed that despite being the first case heard, the March court term came to a close six months later in August 2015 without the Liberty case being assigned and without any ruling being given. Lindstrom believes that the motion filed was intended to further delay, frustrate and thwart his efforts to get justice.
Now that the Supreme Court has officially reopened for its October 2015 term, the Canadian investor is once again questioning whether the Honorable Court will assign his company’s case.
Lindstrom told the Daily Observer: “But one thing is certain, no matter how much the government of Liberia believes they can simply ignore this problem, it will not go away because Len Lindstrom and his corporate colleagues, including local Liberty Operations Manager, Charles Davis, are fully committed to achieving due justice and will not cease their determined pursuit for justice until such time as the company receives all that is just, fair, legal and equitable in the case of Liberty vs. Government of Liberia.”
The Liberty Gold and Diamond Mining Inc spent almost U$20 million dollars in development and exploration, employed a huge workforce of almost 300 Liberians and up to 25 professional geologists. And during its first number of years operation in Liberia, discovered 17 substantial gold deposits as well as one large iron ore deposit within their legally licensed territories.