Travel Bans for Corkrum, 28 Others

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Solicitor General of the Republic of Liberia, Cllr. Saymah Syrenius Cephus

-Solicitor General Cehpus discloses

Days after her triumphant entry to the country, the former Managing Director of the Liberia Airport Authority (LAA), Ellen Corkurm will now have herself to blame following a controversial travel ban that is expected to restrict her movement while in Liberia.

This was disclosed on Tuesday, February 4, by Liberia’s Solicitor General, Cllr. Sayma Syrenius Cephus in a brief chat with journalists at the Temple of Justice that houses the Supreme Court and several other courts.

In response to a question about his communication to the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), where he sought the re-indictment of Corkrum and several other defendants whose charges were initially dropped, Cephus said, “We are going to file a writ of Ne exeat republica to Criminal Court ‘A’ for 28 individuals.”

Ne exeat republica is a writ issued to restrain a person from leaving the jurisdiction of the court pending an action.

Though, there was no document shown journalists to authenticate the truthfulness of Cllr. Cephus’ statement, he argued, “it is vital to prevent her from escaping the country.”

It can be recalled that  Corkrum clandestinely left Liberia with the help of some top security personnel that were serving in the Unity Party-led government, who were also staunch confidants of former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Corkrum’s escape was precipitated by an indictment by the Grand Jury of Montserrado County in 2013 on charges of economic sabotage, criminal facilitation, conspiracy to defraud the government, and making unauthorized transfers of funds from government accounts.

She was indicted, along with Musa Bility, then chairman of the Board of Directors of LAA; the Monrovia Diaspora Consulting, LLC, through Momar Dieng, a U.S. citizen; and the First International Bank; and all authorized representatives of the authority.

The First International Bank was indicted for allegedly conspiring with co-defendants of Corkrum, Melvin Johnson & Associates, to make an unauthorized transfer of funds in the amount of US$56,750 from the account of the Liberia Airport Authority when Corkrum was the Managing Director.

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(L-r) Melvin Johnson and Ellen Corkrum claimed that the Government of Liberia is morally decadent; a questionable judicial system; and that the charges are false and politically-motivated

Corkrum was also accused of transferring US$269,000 to a fictitious company, Diaspora Consulting, LLC and its CEO, Momar Dieng, through whom she reportedly attended the Kennedy Business School, Harvard University.

However, the lawyers representing the Government filed a motion for Nolle Prosequoi at Criminal Court ‘C’ at the Temple of Justice, on December 3, 2019, requesting that all charges against Ms. Ellen Corkrum be dropped. On December 9, the government’s request was granted the same day by Judge Nancy F. Sammy.

In 2015, some efforts were made to secure Corkrum’s extradition to Liberia. The Solicitor General at the time, Cllr. Betty L. Blamo, traveled to the United States to meet U.S. authorities but did not materialize, making it impossible for Corkrum to be served her indictment or extradition to lead to prosecution.

Cllr. Blamo at the time said, “The US Department of Justice acknowledged receipt of the extradition requests on Ms. Ellen Corkrum and Melvin Johnson.”

It can also be recalled that, while in pursuit of their extradition, Corkrum and Johnson “approached” the US Department of State with tapes allegedly implicating the government of Liberia in corruption, the same crime for which they were indicted.

In their recording, the pair claims that the Government of Liberia is morally decadent; a questionable judicial system; and that the charges are false and politically-motivated and, therefore, request the US Justice Department through the Department of State, to deny the extradition of its (US) citizens, as they are, to such a country and government.

Also, on December 6, 2013, Corkrum, in one of her many interviews claims, that “when we were in Liberia, we discovered corruption in the government — we decided to record these corruptions…

“Initially, this was a fight about our personal liberties, but now it is a cause and a fight about the liberation of the unprivileged in Liberia”.

As for Johnson, he said, “Our beloved nation is unfortunately vastly divided into the ‘haves’, those that support this corrupt government and the rest of the majority population, I am committed to the cause of exposing this government; we have been and continued to await this corrupt government extradition attempts, so far, to no avail”.

Prior to Corkrum’s brief stay at the LAA, she served as a U.S. Military Black Hawk assault helicopter pilot, a Major in the United States Armed Forces Reserves, and a commercial airline pilot. She is a graduate of Harvard University with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. She also holds an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

15 COMMENTS

  1. This is a complete showmanship to distract people from focusing on the real ills in Weah’s government. Ellen Corkrum was invited to Liberia by George Weah. Ellen knows what she went to do in Liberia.

    While it is true that she really stole, transferring over half a million dollar into her boyfriend’s Melvin Johnson’s account, whom she hired as bogus contractor at LAA, she knew nothing was going to happen.

    In committing the crime, she did not think anything would have happened to her because she saw people entrusted with power and public funds in Ellen’s government stealing with impunity. She thought to do the same thing. Though she is highly unattractive (not beautiful at all), she saw men in positions of authority making brazen attempts to consummate sexual relationships with her. The likes of Edwin Snowe, Brownie Samuka, Alex Tyler—all wanted her not for her beauty, but because they heard that she was highly educated from Harvard and MIT. Some of these men helped her escape Liberia, thereby absconding justice.

    She is in Liberia again not for the love of the country but it is a place where one can easily make away with thousands if not millions of public funds with impunity. It is magnet for magical wealths unlike the United States where one has to labor for every cent.

    If Weah has not sent for her, she would not have left the United States knowing fully well that a court proceeding was awaiting her.

    All of what Cephus is doing is simply a show.

  2. Mr. Jackson Neal, you said it better than it appears because why did the government drop the charges to start with? Thanks for the brilliant piece and thoughts about this Crockrum saga. This is just another Mickey Mouse justice in the making because, the out come is already known to the public. She have returned to Liberia seeking another opportunity to steal again once the chance is giving. This is not about her love for Liberia and Liberians in any positive way. Thanks again Mr. Neal for the facts.

  3. Our president is becoming the talk of the town for playboy’s sexual activities; he needs to prove his critics wrong or by his silence justify his critics that yes he’s a play boy and lover boy. The fact that his government would put in for the charges or any charges against her to be dropped, it shows they have some ulterior motives and it’s possible the president is in the know. No way possible the government lawyers would seek to drop a case brought in by a previous government without higher ups in the government knowledge or consent. If government is continuity, then they should have been seeking prosecution for Ms. Corkrum and others instead of dropping charges. The government should have continue and press charges for Ms. Corkrum in their move to recover government stolen access, but this government isn’t serious at all. We’re watching their game they’re playing on a 65inches smart T V.

  4. With as many hanky-panky relationships she reportedly had with some of Liberia’s strong men (and probably women) during the Johnson-Sirleaf era, maybe a travel ban is a pie in the sky for Corkrum. Darn! This is hard to be believed. It’s usually a man who goes on a sexual escapade like that. But a lady? Yak…

    It seems that the woman, Miss Corkrum, was involved with a lot of stuff. She siphoned money from an unsafe country (Liberia) to a place unknown. Now, the money has been spent and she is back home, probably broke. That reminds me of the prodical son parable which Jesus told in the New Testament. Corkrum’s arrival at the RIA with hundreds of people welcoming and hugging her crowns the prodical son story.

    Something has got to be done in Liberia! I think the country of Liberia will be sufficiently served if all the former Ministers who served in Johnson-Sirleaf’s government are investigated. I suggest that because according to unwritten sources, tons of money slipped out of Liberia during the Johnson-Sirleaf years. It is highly unlikely that Corkrum could have been the one and only one who could have embezzled money during her days of employment. My goodness!

  5. No Sir, she did not come because she was broke. It is your LOVELY president Weah who sent her the initiation. For what? I don’t know but I have my own little idea but first, let me tell you a true story.

    During the conflict in the Ivory Coast, the head office of the central bank in Bouake, central Ivory coast, was burglarized with huge amounts stolen. When things were quietened, an astute Ivorian stockbroker from the New York stock market was brought in the country to devise a scheme to pump the stolen money on the money market. Unfortunately, this guy had something else at the back of his mind.
    No further details on this story but the conclusion is that this guy never got the job done as was expected and to date, the money is still finding markets in the subregion, including Liberia.

    Weah compromised his entire mandate in the first year. We know who he has been consulting to clean the page. This lady could just be a neat fit, like the Ivorian guy from the New York stock market. Stop diversion with sexual promiscuity. This woman respects and upholds sexual decency, stop the slander.
    She came to clean the page for Weah. The judge is wasting his time, as Jackson rightly said. Weah took the bait too quick and easily too. He is entangled. I feel for our country and poor citizenry.

    However, there is light at the end of the tunnel, come 2023. Make the right decisions this time, Liberians!

    I am only making use of my freedom of speech oooooh, my people, no qualms!
    Peace!

  6. First of all, comrade Dolo, I did the dumbest. I didn’t read the article. My reaction or response, if you will, was based on what had been written by Neal. But irrespective of that, I stand by what I wrote.

    Item:
    I said Corkrum is probably broke. That doesn’t mean she went home because she is broke. The key word I used is “probably”. So let me ask you….do you know if she is broke financially? You might know more about Cummings’ net worth, that’s good. But can you state with an absolute degree of certainty whether Corkrum is not broke?

    Item:
    “It’s your Lovely president (Weah) who sent her the invitation”.
    How do you know?
    By the way, I have said repeatedly that I am in sympathy with Weah. I have also said time and again that wrong is wrong. If Weah does anything that’s nefarious, I will not blindly defend him. Secondly, our country is experiencing difficult times under Weah because his predecessor did not do a good job economically. It’s a fact. Can you ever say something like that about Cummings? Things will get better under Weah. Let’s be patient. I know it’s tough.

    Item:
    “Stop diversion with sexual promiscuity”.
    Do you disagree with Neal’s assessment? Neal clearly states that the woman has had a series of sexual relationships with powerful men.
    Question…why should that aspect of reality be forgotten or ignored? Do you have any interest in her? You’re a man. She’s a woman. If you don’t want me to question her sexual activity, I understand. I thought you were comfortable in the Ivory Coast. Well, I am sorry. Lastly, if she “upholds sexual decency”, why is she romantically linked to a number of Ma Ellen’s strong men? Neal really did a good job in terms of outlining Corkrum’s dalliances. Remember, you didn’t chide Neal when he talked about “the men” she dated?

    Item:
    “She came to clean the page for Weah”
    Do you have a valid proof that could validate your assertion? So how do you know? Are you trying to vilipend Weah’s character? Is Corkrum an affiliate of the CoP or are you trying to woo her over? Come clean Dolo. Expose yourself as an erudite guy you are. Don’t bank behind the skirts of women and shout.

    Agreement…
    Liberia is our home. We have an obligation to chart a positive course. Let’s come up with creative ideas. It is incombent upon us to clean up the mess that holds us down.

    Disagreement:
    I’m opposed to CoP and 99.9% of its affiliates, including of course Alexander Cummings. The only reason why I am not 100% opposed is because of one young fella…. Petarus Dolo.

    • Another praise singer. After intentionally causing this hardship under his very nose, you have the guts to lecture us who brought us to this economically mismanaged period in our history as a nation. Please look at the bigger picture. Liberian as we are have never felt such suffering like we are going through now. Please spare us your “don’t mind”. Much as you are in the “cold” and feels nothing of what is happening here, ask us to give you a clearer picture of what’s happening here. It’s as simple as ABC: Liberian made a mistake and politically empowered a “corrupt crook” and this the result, which I do not see changing any time soon.

  7. Wow!!!!!!!!!!
    Great! Great! Great! Great! Great! Great! Great! Great! Great! Great! Great! Great! Great!
    Because of Petarus Dolo, we have won 0.01% with Uncle Hney.
    What good news! We are getting there gradually. By the time we get in June, I am sure we will have 5%, and then………
    As a strong believer, I know nothing is impossible for God!

    You should have numbered your items. I am going to number them in the order you wrote them, please.

    Item 1:
    I cannot confirm or dispute with certainty that Madam Corkrum is broke. In fact, I know little about her. However, I read the article on her when she arrived in the country from exile recently. From that article, if my memory serves me right, she benefited from Weah’s presidential pardon. She was enthusiastically welcomed at the airport with many of her sympathizers with banners and dressed in T-shirts with her effigy.
    Why was she pardoned if she has such criminal record? Ask your President Weah.

    Item 2:
    Why should you be in sympathy with someone who knew what he was getting himself into? Weah saw what the country was going through, he analyzed the situation and decided to bring solutions. What is disconsolate about this?
    Why do you always blame Ellen if I have given you statistics about her term? Look, I expected double digit under Weah because he was so vocal on that lady. We thought he could do better.
    The highest GDP under Ellen was 8.2 until the Ebola virus disease plummeted it to negative 1.6. She drove it back to 3.2 before leaving office.
    Consult our GDP today and give me the figure. I am not going to do it for you.
    I would love to see things get better under Weah, but that’s not the case unfortunately. Things are getting worse.
    We are depending on remittances for our people to eat, no! Weah must create jobs for our people to eat. He is placing burdens on our people overseas.
    We are depending on loans to build roads, no! Depend on loans to build roads if and only if you are producing or take substantial loans to connect the entire country with toll roads.

    Item 3:
    Uncle Hney, in Africa and especially in Liberia, any female who opens up to the male counterpart is always labeled as a harlot. I have had many of such female friends. I am not sure Jackson can prove what he said about Madam Cockrum.
    Look, I love and cherish women. I hate to see people profess profanities and slander on women in front of my eyes. I usually get into fight with such people. Respect women, as anyone would do for his mother or sister! It doesn’t mean I have any sexual interest in that person. By the way, I believe the sacrament of marriage is sacred, it’s no play game. I am proudly married.

    Item 4:
    Again, Weah pardoned her and invited her to come to Liberia. Why?
    Ca va se savoir!

    We hope and pray that things will get on course in Liberia. Weah should at least maintain the status quo. Let him ensure salaries are regularly paid, standing diplomatic relations are upheld and not soiled like with Sierra Leone, current infrastructure are maintained

    Thank you for being ANC at 0.01%.
    Hope you can do better than that next time!

  8. Brother Hney, I think you are pontificating my statement to fit your narrative and understanding. I did not say that she was promiscuous and that she went on a sexual escapade with men in positions of power. What I wrote was that.. “she saw men in positions of authority making brazen attempts to consummate sexual relationships with her. The likes of Edwin Snowe, Brownie Samuka, Alex Tyler—all wanted her not for her beauty, but because they heard that she was highly educated from Harvard and MIT. Some of these men helped her escape Liberia, thereby absconding justice.”

    Men making brazen attempts at consummating a sexual relationship does not result in actual consummation Of the act. I am citing information from her own audio tapes released online when she was accused by the Ellen’s government of embezzlement. Ms. Crockrum alleged that “some these men” were after her for sex but she could not bring herself to their level. She intimated that they fed her with information and even aided and abetted her escape from Liberia.

    Given her high profile status, an air-force pilot in the US Army, a Harvard and MIT grad, men of high profile in Ellen’s government wanted to validate their standings by making amorous advances aimed at having sex with her. According to her they all were beneath her and she would have brought herself to their levels.

    But this does not absolve her from the crime. What is at stake is that the president Weah sent for her. And all the legal display and pageantry from Cephus about prosecuting her is all theatrical.

  9. Well said, comrade Neal. Thanks for the clarification. However, the word “promiscuous” was first used by Dolo. Indeed, I used the word” escapade”. In any case, I didn’t mean to twist your words. You articulated the story well. My reaction was mixed.

    Lastly comrade Neal, when a woman or a guy brags of his or her accomplishments, I lose interest immediately. Her educational training from two of the world’s most popular universities does not give her any right to do a “put down”. But I am also aware of some of the the guys who were impressed by her.

    Have a great day.

  10. Good news for the Weah administration. Now that Ms. Corkrum has returned to Liberia, she can serve as the pilot for George Weah’s private jet.

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