Coronavirus Claims at Senate Stalls Singbeh’s Arrest in US$5M Case

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Nanborlor Singbeh, Secretary of the Senate

The arrest of Senate Secretary Nanborlor Singbeh turned dramatic on Tuesday, June 18 when he (Singbeh) informed his families that he is under self-quarantine and therefore cannot turn himself over to the court as demanded by Criminal Court ‘C’ Judge, Yamie Quiqui Gbeisay.  For his excuse of being self-quarantined, court officers who had gone to arrest him could not carry on the arrest.

Further to the communication to Judge Gbeisay, the officers claimed that by early Tuesday morning, they went to the home of Singbeh to arrest him as they were directed by Judge Gbeisay.
They also alleged that upon arrival at the house, they began to knock on the gate to ascertain whether Singbeh was there, but later, a lady claiming to be a wife of Singbeh heard the sound on the gate and came outside, questioning them about their purpose there.

It was when they claimed that the lady informed them that she is the wife of Singbeh and that Singbeh had told them (family members) that he has quarantined himself because of the news that the Assistant Senate Secretary, Genevieve Massaquoi is being pronounced positive of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

When the Daily Observer on Wednesday, June 17 via mobile phone contacted top officials of the COVID-19 Incident Management System, they claimed that they did not have knowledge about anyone to include Singbeh under quarantine.

Dr. Francis N. Kateh, Chief Medical Officer of Liberia said, “I heard about coronavirus outbreak at the Senate, but I do not have any knowledge as to who is quarantined there.” He added, “Go and talk to Dr. Masoka Fallah, Director-General of the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL).”

Also, when Dr. Fallah was contacted, he referred our reporter to Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah, Minister of Health.

Again, when Dr. Jallah was contacted, she said, “Go to the Senate and they will tell you what is happening there. Anyway, I will try to get information from the Senate before I speak on the matter.”

Meanwhile, the Senate on Wednesday, June 17, shut down for two weeks after one of its top officials, Assistant Senate Secretary Janneve Massaquoi was reported having tested positive of the coronavirus.

Singbeh, together with Afriland First Bank, Ecobank-Liberia and several individuals was indicted on June 2, 2020, by the Grand Jury of Montserrado County stationed at another court, the Criminal Court ‘A,’ of duping two Czech Republic brothers, Pavel and Martin Miloschewsky, who had transferred US$5,062,419.10 in both cash and equipment to the country through Singbeh for the establishment of MHM Eko-Liberia, a rock crushing company.

The Miloschewskys claimed to have transferred US$2,495,103 through Ecobank-Liberia, and US$102,000 to Afriland First Bank, but the company was never established and the equipment was also sold by Singbeh and his co-defendants.

Their indictment grew from an investigative report conducted by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) through the Attorney-In-Fact of two Czech Republic brothers, Pavel and Martin Miloschewsky, Hans Armstrong, a British national.

Meanwhile, co-defendant A. Sherman Longan was on Thursday, June 18 arrested by officers of the court, but, he was later released by Judge Gbeisay after securing his criminal appearance bond.

Other defendants yet to be arrested include George W. Wisner, former Executive Director/ Acting Chairman of the National Investment Commission (NIC); Othello Z.B. Karr, Incentive Officer at the NIC; Ousman Fofana, General Manager of Standard Logistics; Barry F. Tequah; Gloria Cain; Sylvester Siapiah; Patrick Saah Siaphe; and Mulbah Kennedy.

Others also include; Karel Socher, Peter Pesek, Ales Sranmek; all of whom are Czech nationals.
However, co-defendant Wisner posted on his Facebook page that “I have held very cordial discussion with the Solicitor General, Cllr. Saymah Syrenius Cephus, who apologized for the indictment against me and the inconvenience it has done to my reputation.”

“He also expressed his innocence about the scheme. I have been assured that a withdrawal will be done publicly and the appropriate clarifications will be made,” Wisner said.

When Wisner was contacted about the authenticity of his Facebook post, he responded: “Yes, I wrote the post.”

But a communication dated June 12, 2020, and addressed to Criminal Court ‘C’ and signed by Cllr. Nyenati Tuan, Acting Minister of Justice and Attorney General said: “We present our compliments and write to inform you that by directives of Cllr. Frank Musa Dean, Jr., Minister/Attorney General of Liberia, that he (Cllr. Dean), Counselors Saymah Syrenius Cephus, Solicitor General of Liberia, and Edwin K. Martins, Montserrado County Attorney are recused from the above mention case: Republic of Liberia (Plaintiff); Crimes Economic Sabotage, Theft of Property, Criminal Conspiracy and Criminal Facilitation Vs. J. Nanborloh F. Singbeh. et.al (Defendants), which is now pending before the Honorable Court, their recusal is predicated upon the fact that these individuals represented the private prosecutors in private practice.”

It concludes, “Please note that representation of the case for the Government of Liberia will be made by Cllr. Wesseh A. Wesseh, Assistant Minister for Litigation, Ministry of Justice (MoJ), and Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe, a retained lawyer of the private prosecutor who was given a letter patent by the Ministry of Justice for the trial of the case and other prosecuting Attorneys of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).”

This communication, therefore, sets the impression that both Minister Dean and Solicitor General Cephus may have no dealing with the case and that Wisner’s hope of being out of the indictment is yet a dream.

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  • Anthony Kokoi is a young Liberian sports writer who has an ever-growing passion for the development of the game of football (soccer) and other sports. For the past few years, he has been passionately engaged in reporting the developments of the game in the country. He is an associate member of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL). He is a promoter of young talents. He also writes match reports and makes an analysis of Liberian Football.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Is this the kind of Liberia we are opting for? When will this type of nonsense stop in Liberia, where the elites feel untouchable and intentionally defied the laws that governed all Liberians? What type of message is being signal out to fellow Liberians? If we don’t honour our very laws that protect us, how and why should we expect foreign nationals to respect our laws? This is a very bad precedent that being set and drastic action is require to prevent this madness from reoccurring in our republic. No one is above the laws of Liberia, meaning, everyone falls under the laws of the land. I strongly consider this path as dangerous and detrimental the peace and security of Liberia. The Weah led administration need to set a perfect example on this or it will come back to hunt us all. This is insincere and unjust to all law abiding Liberians and our leadership need to act and lead.

    Well, this is a challenge to the judiciary and its associates and we await the out come of this sega. Only in Liberia fun like this never ends. Will sengbeh go scotfree or punished for defying the court?

  2. They are too smart in stealing and killing people!
    Self-quarantine yourself, the 14 days will be over and then let’s see what next.
    You claim to represent a people and kill jobs that should have been produced for them, where are we going my people?
    Liberia, oh Liberia, is this the land of liberty that God commanded?

  3. The sad thing about it is that as soon as they get the money, they pump it into the US economy; they buy expensive houses, transfer their entire family and all their children begin to attend schools there.
    What service have you rendered to Liberia then? And the people who voted you?

    These hardworking guys who brought their hard-earned money to Liberia may never retrieve a penny from their money, what a pity!
    And if you closely follow this case, there must be a kind of ignoble connivance of some rotten actor in the jurisdiction for their own cut; win the world and lose your soul, what a pity!

    There is an end to everything on earth. This too, will come to an end soon!

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