Liberia Affirms Commitment to Implement UN Anti-Corruption Convention

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Liberia has affirmed its commitment to the full implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission, (LACC) announced in a press release yesterday.

Liberia’s affirmation was made by the LACC executive chairperson, Cllr. James N. Verdier, Jr. when he represented Liberia at the Resumed Eighth Session of the Implementation Review Group (IRG) of the Peer Review Mechanism under UNCAC, which took place in Vienna, Austria recently.

Liberia was drawn to be reviewed in the 3rd year of the 2nd Review Cycle. The Secretariat also reported that Liberia was reviewed at least once and conducted two reviews during the first cycle of the Peer Review Mechanism. The country is also paired with Azerbaijan to review Albania in the first year of the second cycle of the Implementation Review Mechanism.

During the session, the release said, Liberia reported recent developments towards the fulfillment of UNCAC’s provisions since the Seventh Resumed Session in June 2016, which includes the hosting of a regional meeting of national anti-corruption institutions in West Africa under the sponsorship of UNODC West and Central Africa Regional Office, held in April, 2016.

The regional meeting focused on protection for witnesses and whistle blowers in the fight against corruption. The meeting resulted in drafting of a bill to protect witnesses and whistle blowers as well as the establishment of a coordinating institution. The draft bill has been concluded and is being finally vetted for presentation to the National Legislature for passage into law.

Cllr. Verdier further reported that in order to monitor asset acquisition of public officials and also fulfill the provisions of UNCAC in relation to asset disclosure, the LACC in May this year published asset declaration regulations to implement the provisions of the National Code of Conduct requiring all public officials in the three branches of government to do so.

In addition, Verdier said several high level government officials including three prominent law makers are currently being prosecuted for alleged bribery and economic sabotage by the LACC and the Ministry of Justice through the coordination of the Special Presidential Task Force; and singularly by the LACC.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. I guess your want another free money from the United Nations. This commission has not taken anyone to court and justice will never be done in Liberia against corruption. This is just another free story to make empty noises.

  2. You lucky Liberians naively believe God will come down and solve their problems. If only they grew some brains and went after those corrupt officials with April 12 intent

  3. My gosh! Why don’t people speak truth to the power? There is
    only one person responsible for corruption to flourish in Liberia.
    It is President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, period! When was addressing
    the Liberia public and partners during her inauguration, she said
    that she promised zero tolerance to and classified corruption as
    “number one enemy” only to see her played deaf ear to corruption.
    And, by so doing, made herself part of the corruption in Liberia.

    She refused to prosecute a single one of the Auditing Commission’s Reports of all those implicated in the those Reports under the Auditor General John Morlu. during that period, if my memory serves me right,
    the former Superintendent of Grand Gedeh County Mr. Christopher
    Bailey could not explain of his shortage of US$600,000.00 from the
    County Development Fund. Just within that same period, President
    Sirleaf’s sister Mrs. Bernard’s wife went and deposited into her or
    opened one there with US$600,000.00 in Turkey. When the Auditing
    Commission submitted to the then Minister of Justice Cllr. Christina
    Tah, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf order not prosecute any one in
    Audit Reports for the Minister termed “no sufficient evidence to
    prosecute all those Audit Reports. At least if no sufficient evidence
    to prosecute could not be all of them, some may not but can’t be all
    of them. And today, not a single one Report of those Audit Reports
    has been presented to Court of competent Jurisdiction. Yes indeed!
    Not one of those ever prosecuted included Grand Gedeh County’s
    Development Fund US$600,000.00; although Superintendent Chris
    Bailey was arrested and charge, he filed Bond. No information
    whatsoever has been heard of it to date!

  4. P. Allison Tarlue, Sr. July 29, 2017 at 2:23 am

    My gosh! Why don’t people speak truth to the power? There is
    only one person responsible for corruption to flourish in Liberia.
    It is President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, period! When was addressing
    the Liberia public and partners during her inauguration, she said
    that she promised zero tolerance to and classified corruption as
    “number one enemy” only to see her played deaf ear to corruption.
    And, by so doing, made herself part of the corruption in Liberia.
    How so?

    She refused to prosecute a single one of the Auditing Commission’s Reports of all those implicated in the those Reports under the Auditor General John Morlu. During that period, if my memory serves me right,
    the former Superintendent of Grand Gedeh County Mr. Christopher
    Bailey could not explain of his shortage of US$600,000.00 from the
    County Development Fund. Just within that same period, President
    Sirleaf’s sister Mrs. Bernard went and deposited into her or
    opened one there with US$600,000.00 in Turkey. When the Auditing
    Commission submitted to the then Minister of Justice Cllr. Christina
    Tah, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf ordered her not to prosecute any
    one in Audit Reports for the Minister termed “no sufficient evidence to
    prosecute all those Audit Reports. At least if no sufficient evidence
    to prosecute one of them will, but can’t be all of them. And today, not a single one Report of those Audit Reports has been presented to Court of competent Jurisdiction. Yes indeed! Not one of those ever prosecuted included Grand Gedeh County’s Development Fund US$600,000.00; although Superintendent Chris Bailey was arrested and charged, he filed Bond. No information whatsoever has been heard of it to date!

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