David E. Koitie, the director of Flash Point Consultancy media group, was yesterday arrested and held for questioning for allegedly failing to carry out a contract for which he had received US$12,600 payment from the Ministry of Public Works (MPW). He was however released yesterday on an insurance bond at the Criminal Court C.
The contract number “MPW-SF-0008-06/10 was for the media group to engage, sensitize and confer with the general public to promote a better understanding of the ministry’s programs and activities, which the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) alleges was never done by the group.
Defendant Koitie was said to have colluded with the MPW former director of Documentation and Communication, Jesefu Morris Keita, whose whereabouts as of yesterday were unknown. Koitie was picked up yesterday by officers (sheriffs) but was not handcuffed. He was brought to the court along with one of his legal counsels, who deposited the insurance bond.
His release would give his legal team the opportunity to defend him at his trial for the commission of crimes, economic sabotage, misapplication of entrusted property and criminal conspiracy.
At the court yesterday, Koitie was heard saying,” I will never go to jail in this country, because I never committed any crime.” That statement was also echoed by his lawyer, who was heard saying, “My client did not commit any crime. He did the work for which his institution was hired to do.”
Shockingly, some of the officers who arrested Koitie were heard expressing frustration because the court’s writ of arrest was publicized before the action was executed.
But, they said, “We are very grateful to the media and the public for supporting the court’s request. The order should under no circumstances be exposed while we are yet to arrest the suspect. That is because identification is an issue and publishing this man's identity could cause us serious harm."
“It is risky for us who are enforcing the court’s mandate, because if the individual got to know that we are going to arrest him or her, apparently they would hire people to attack us,” one of the sheriffs said angrily.
“Before we could go and arrest Koitie the information had already been leaked to the public through the traditional media and on social media platforms,” he added.
“If it is the LACC that did it, it must desist from it. Let it be understood that leaking such information could put our lives in danger,” he warned.