Gongloe Draws Attention to US Treasury Department’s Reports on Judicial Actors

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Weeks after both the Supreme Court of Liberia and the National Association of Trial Judges in Luberia claimed that there was no sufficient evidence to punish any of those named in the US Treasury Department’s report of corruption against some judges and Grand Cape Mount County Senator Cllr Varney Sherman, the Liberian National Bar Association (LNBA), has cautioned judicial actors and the Liberian Government not to take the issue lightly. The LNBA is the umbrella body for lawyers and judges in the country.

A release issued by the Supreme Court and the National Association of Trial Judges of Liberia earlier, challenged the Treasury Department to produce evidence in its possession based upon which the accusations against Cllr Sherman and the judges were obtained.

The Supreme Court by then, argued that with the information contained in the US Treasury Department’s statement without more details is “Insufficient to serve as a basis for Sanction against the referenced judicial actors.”

The NATL argued that the report was characterized by serious inconsistencies thereby describing it as “A blanket indictment of Liberian judges.”

However, during a press conference on Tuesday, January 26 at the Temple of Justice, Cllr.Tiawan Gongloe, President of the Liberia National Bar Association, said members of the bar believe that there is some level of truthfulness in the US Treasury Department’s report about corruption within the Judicial Branch of the Government.

“Nobody should doubt the report of the Treasury Department, because it is a technical institution that acts on evidence available to it,” Gongloe said.

The LNBA President added that unlike the US State Department that is more concerned about political matters, the Treasury department is a technical arm of the US Government and any information they provide should be seriously accepted by a country against whom the allegations are made.

“The State Department speaks on political matters and often times their reports are challenged, but this is not with the Treasury Department that is nonpolitical but technical,” Gongloe maintained.

Gongloe said at no timehe will disagree with the Treasury Department’s report, stressing,” I lived there before and I have read a lot of reports of the department and nobody should doubt their findings.”

Gongloe reminded his colleagues that the report is a call that the world is watching over  them and should therefore be serious to act cautiously, citing the recent report as an example to give anyone the consciousness for integrity wherever he or she finds him/herself.

It can be recalled that on December 9, 2020 on International Anti Corruption Day, the United States Treasury Department in a statement captioned: “Treasury Sanctions Corrupt Actors in Africa and Asia,” placed the Global Magnitsky designation on several individuals in some countries including Liberia. In the statement, the United States Treasury Department declared that Counsellor Varney Sherman, a prominent lawyer and Senator of Grand Cape Mount County who also chairs the Liberian Senate Judiciary Committee, “offered bribes to multiple judges associated with his trial for a 2010 bribery scheme and had an undisclosed conflict of interest of a not guilty verdict in his favor 2019.

The statement further said that Cllr Sherman has routinely paid judges to decide cases in his favor. “And that his acts of bribery demostrate a larger pattern of behavior to exercise influence over the Liberian Judiciary and the Ministry of Justice.”

6 COMMENTS

  1. Is this really that shocking that the legislature and Judicial branches have “corrupt” actors? Let’s not be quick to defend the obvious and perpetuate a “culture of denial” for the obvious.

    Senator Sherman is quite competent to defend himself and adequately rebuff charges against him as he has done quite recently when our government had a prolong case against him for “corrupt” charges.
    Yes, by rushing to his defense unilaterally we create an automatic defense for ALL judges and ALL legislators whether or not they are guilty,

    We “sweep it under the rug” , we “bury our heads in the sand” and say to the world “our (Liberian ) officials are not corrupt, our system of justice is NOT corrupt and therefore we further ATTEMPT to deceive the Liberian people who know otherwise.

    Please don’t lose your credibility as people regarded in high esteem. That statement shocked me especially when it was necessary

    “A release issued by the Supreme Court and the National Association of Trial Judges of Liberia earlier, challenged the Treasury Department to produce evidence in its possession based upon which the accusations against Cllr Sherman and the judges were obtained.”

    We have to “weed out” bad actors. Let Senator Sherman go through the necessary process to defend himself as anyone else would if they were charged by the US Treasury Department. The Supreme Court and the National Association of Trial Judges of Liberia have “no fish to fry in this matter” and certainly they know the proper way (as Lawyer) to respond to the US Treasury if they had to.

    Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe, I am happy to see you still carry “the torch of truth, justice and fair play”!

    If Senator Sherman is innocent, let him prove it appropriately. He’s a “Harvard educated Lawyer” and understands the American legal system better than most. If Senator Sherman and those others accused (Judges) are guilty than so be it.

  2. Look at his Tiawen Gongloe’s INFERIORITY COMPLEX AND SILLY POLITICIZATION!
    ’ “The State Department speaks on political matters and often times their reports are challenged, but this is not with the Treasury Department that is nonpolitical but technical,”. You are BADOFF Tiawen! YOU ARE THAT INFERIOR???!!!

    BUT according to him Tiawen Gongloe, because the Supreme Court will not give credence to his idiocy, hypocrisy, and being in the pockets of opposition rascals as Benoni Urey, Alex Cummings, Joseph Boakai, etc. the Supreme Court which has supreme jurisdiction under both domestic and international law “does not act on evidence.“ As if those working at the US Treasure department are angels. What a height of INFERIORITY COMPLEX!

    This was the same and very corrupt idiot and hypocrite Tiawen Gongloe who was disgraced sometimes years ago (during the murder of an innocent little girl) for stealing police letterhead according to the then Inspector General of Liberia the then Director of Liberia’s National Police Col. Muna Bea Sieh when he Tiawen attempted to obstruct justice with the intent to burying evidence after he Gongloe asked for and received bribe from the suspects and defendants.

    • All you have done is to show your personal hatred for the man and have not gone to the substantive issues that Cllr. Gongloe mentioned; so keep your venom for yourself.

  3. No matter how people try to sugar coat Attorney Sherman’s criminal behavior, the fact still stands the Liberian judiciary is a very corrupt and compromised cabal.

    Moreover, the Liberian supreme court chief justice is only wasting his time. He in fact fails to comprehend he is one of those, who could fall victim under the same US Magnitsky’s Act in terms of the bloated and unexplained wealth he has accumulated over the years from his many shady, unprofessional, and immoral deals.

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