Dismissed FDA Managers’ US$6M PUP Case Ruling on Ice

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The Judge of Criminal Court ‘C’ at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia Peter Gbeneweleh is yet to announce the new date for his ruling in the US$6 million Private Use Permits (PUPs) brought against dismissed Forestry Development Authority (FDA) managing director, Moses Diakpo Wogbeh, and several other persons, including a surveyor at the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy.
The Judge was reportedly forced to postpone the ruling immediately after the lawyers on July 22, rested their final argument. They cited the July 26 Independence Day celebration held in Sinoe and Grand Kru counties as reason for the postponement.
Ever since the July 26 Independence Day celebration, Judge Gbeneweleh has remained reluctant to announce the new date for his ruling.
The defendants were being tried for their alleged individual roles in the illegal issuing of up to 61 Private Use Permits (PUPs) that authorized commercial logging operations on nearly 2.5 million hectares of forest land in the country when they were serving in their respective positions.
They were charged based on the report of a Special Independent Investigative Body (SIIB) setup by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to inquire about the issuance of the 61 PUPs by the defendants.

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