Leaked documents in the possession of the Daily Observer reveal that the Government of Liberia, under the directive of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, approved well over US$750,000 to the Special Presidential Task Force (SPTF), led by Cllr. J. Fonati Koffa, to prosecute individuals indicted in the Sable Mining bribery allegations reported by Global Witness. Those indicted are alleged to have been partakers of a US$900,000 bribery and conspiracy by the owners of Sable Mining, a UK-based firm. Global Witness alleged that Sable Mining, through their Liberian lawyers, Sherman & Sherman, including Cllr. Varney G. Sherman himself, conspired to alter Liberia’s Public Procurement and Concession law increase the mining company’s chances at acquiring a concession to mine iron ore in the Wologizi mountain, Lofa County. Although none of the allegations have been proven so far, the following documents show a trail of requests and approvals of hundreds of thousands of cash between October 10, 2016 and October 23, 2017 (yes, after the first round of the 2017 elections) to fund the trial and re-trial of Cllr. Sherman and others.
4. September 14, 2017: President approves “regular disbursement” of US$260,000 to Special Presidential Task Force
5. October 16, 2017: President approves “regular allotment” of US$260,000 to Special Presidential Task Force