A police officer accused of robbing a Chinese business national of US$10,000 on Friday, February 14 appeared at the Monrovia City Court, charged with theft of property.
Defendant Mamadee Kelleh, chief of operations at the Zone-One depot on Bushrod Island, Monrovia, was Kelleh was arrested on January 30, charged with theft of property.
He allegedly stole the money from Madam Lily Lee, an executive of Canned Woods Incorporated, a timber company located in northern Liberia, Lofa County.
It is alleged that Kelleh was asked by Madam Lee to take possession of the US$10,000 from one of her business partners in the vicinity of the National Port Authority (NPA).
After collecting the money, which he was instructed by Madam Lee to Instead of delivering the amount Madam Lee’s manager—one Amara—as Madam Lee had instructed Kelleh, the defendant, Police Officer Kelleh immediately disappeared with the sum.
Unfortunately, at Friday’s hearing Kelleh’s lawyer failed to secure his criminal appearance bond that would have prevented him from being sent to jail.
Under our law, the crime is bailable.
“Kelleh is a big criminal; he stole the company’s money and he must be punished for his action,” an irate Madam Lee said told journalists at court.
“I trusted him so much; that was why I asked him to do that favor for me,” Madam Lee explained in tears.
“The only auction for me to get the money is to go to court, because I have tried contacting some senior police officers about the matter and they refused to assist me,” the complainant alleged.
“The police failed to arrest him and he was still working at his Zone-One depot as head of operations,” she claimed.
She added “I trust the court system and I believed it will help me to get justice.”
According to the court’s Writ of Arrest, defendant Kelleh’s action was wicked and criminal and violated Section 15.51 of the new penal law of Liberia, which crime—theft of property—the defendant had been accused of.
The Writ read that on January 30, with criminal intent, Kelleh purposely received cash in the amount of US$10,000, intended for Madam Lee. Out of deception, he converted the money to his personal use and deprived Lee and company of the sum.