Special Assistant to AFL Chief of Staff Charged with US$10,900 Theft

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    Major Kelulee Gwasa, Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), Brigadier General Daniel Dee Zankhan, has been charged with US$10,900 theft by the Brewerville Magisterial Court.

    Major Gwasa was accused of breaking down a warehouse belonging to one Atty. Swahaili Sessay, where he took away four wheel barrows valued at US$150; four shovels and 30 bags of cement valued as US$270.

    The court further alleged that defendant Gwasa destroyed 30 pillars and corner stones, which are valued at US$9,000.

    According to the court charge sheet, the incident last month, when Major Gwasa took two pick-ups filled with some of the AFL Chief of Staff’s bodyguards and they proceeded to the home of the private prosecutor (Atty. Sessay).

    When they arrived at Sessay’s home, the court further claimed, Gwasa threatened to ‘deal with’ any members of his family, if they dared to go back on the properties.

    “His action is wicked, unlawful and is intended to scare and deprive the family of their just benefits, and he has to be tried by this court,” the document added.

    Recently, the court communicated with Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai to disrobe and subsequently turn over Major Gwasa for prosecution.

    It is not clear whether the Ministry will honor the request of the court to try defendant Gwasa under said charge.

    According to the New National Defense Act of 2008, offenses committed by members of the AFL are covered under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UMCJ).

    These offenses, as well as their corresponding punishments, are dealt with by a court martial. 

    A court-martial is empowered to determine the guilt of members of the armed forces subject to military law, if the defendant is found guilty, to decide upon punishment.

    It also has the authority to try a wide range of military offenses, many of which closely resemble civilian crimes like fraud, theft or perjury.

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