U.S. Forensic Experts ‘Will Disclose L$16 Bn Findings After Holidays’

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Request for the intervention of foreign partners to investigate the alleged missing $16 billion Liberian banknotes was made by aggrieved protesters on September 24, through a petition delivered at the U.S. Embassy, the European Union office and the United Nations office in Monrovia.

In the wake of speculations on social media that the USAID-contracted firm investigating the alleged missing L$16 billion newly printed banknotes has identified some high profile public officials, including President George Weah, as being connected, the firm has said that it has begun to gather information and plans to meet with relevant persons in Liberia, including Liberians leading the domestic investigation.

In response to inquiries by the Daily Observer on the speculation, the international firm through the U.S. Embassy near Monrovia, said: “In order for the international team to complete their work expeditiously, they will not engage with the media or public groups while conducting their assessment in Liberia.”

According to the Embassy, they will depart Liberia after a period of fact-finding and complete their report from their offices outside Liberia after the Christmas and New Year holidays.

It further notes that since the international team is still in the information gathering stage, suggestions of what their conclusions may be are premature.

The U.S. Embassy said it remains committed, in conjunction with the Liberian government, to release the completed report.  It also indicated that it will be a matter for the Liberian government to determine how to address any issues raised in the report or areas which require further exploration.

In early October, USAID, at the request of the Government of Liberia, contracted an international firm with specialization in forensic auditing to conduct a scoping mission to ascertain the basic facts of the alleged missing Liberian currency matter and determine to what extent a broader mission would be needed.

In a release dated October 10, the Embassy assured that forensic reports to be gathered by the international team will be the most credible and effective means to determine quickly the scale of the problem, and would be an appropriate means for the United States to support the Liberian government’s and citizens’ desire to understand the allegations and facts.

Request for the intervention of foreign partners to investigate the alleged missing $16 billion Liberian banknotes was made by aggrieved protesters on September 24, through a petition delivered at the U.S. Embassy, the European Union office and the United Nations office in Monrovia. The alleged missing money was earlier announced to the public amid conflicting accounts from senior government officials.

Since the announcement was made and public disquiet about the money simmered, there has been no information about how far the investigation has gone until recently when speculations about the outcome of the investigation began to trend on social media on December 10 before the international forensic team through the U.S. Embassy could react.

On the Darius Dillon Center for Intellectual Exchange Facebook page, one Dembele Osman Kolebally wrote that the forensic experts designated by the U.S. Embassy have in their possession findings revealing the involvement of President George Weah and key officials in the disappearance of the $16 billion.

According to the poster, the U.S. Embassy, having assured the Liberian public that it would make public any findings in the investigation, was tight-lipped on its current findings involving President Weah and some of his high-profiled officials.

Clarifications from the Embassy have not only debunked this Facebook post but have also enlightened the public about its ongoing activities as Liberians have been longing to hear how far the investigation has gone since it commenced.

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  1. The fact that USAID just announced $112 Million dollars in aid to the GoL, I highly doubt the forensic team investigating the alleged missing L$16 billion dollars found any criminal wrongdoing. That’s my guess. Let’s wait and see what happens.

    • I see it differently. Its a common tactic to announce good news beforehand then wait until after a widely celebrated holiday before releasing the bad news. The planned aid package for the next period has also dropped. Like you said, we will see…..

  2. Completely two different things…USAID is not the entity doing the investigation and any USAID aid to Liberia has been in the works for some time and not related to the missing money.

  3. Yap. Let’s wait to hear and see. It will be a great relief when the American forensic experts conclude and announce their findings after the Holy Season. Who knows? Maybe, the forensic experts have concluded already. They’re probably waiting to break the news after Christmas.
    There’s a feeling that a lot of kooks will be exposed. But, let them enjoy their Christmas. Let them enjoy their potato greens over rice, hot pepper soup and fufu. No monkey though.. Let them mess with those 13-year old girls with their fact butts and do all that crap. We are confident beyond a reasonable doubt that the American forensic experts will train the flashlight on them.

    The coin will be tossed. The head and tail of the coin will be revealed. That’s to say, the news will break after the fact. If the head of the coin toss exposes the culprits, the forensic experts would have done a good job. Second, the tail of the coin toss rests with Mr. Weah. Consequence is the name of the tail. Will anyone or a group of individuals be severely punished if they’re positively identified as the thieves? If the president severely punishes the thieves, Mr. Weah will be credited.

    Suggestion: A Russian-gulag-style punishment will send the message that Mr. Weah is not an enemy of corruption. Again, we’ll wait to hear and see.

    Opi may have plucked a reality string. It’s the string that’s connected to the size of the aid package for Liberia. We certainly thank Trump for the $112 million in aid, but the size of the aid package seemed to have dropped below record levels.

    Well, we’ll wait to hear and see. Mmmm.

  4. Yap. Let’s wait to hear and see. It will be a great relief when the American forensic experts conclude and announce their findings after the Holy Season. Who knows? Maybe, the forensic experts have concluded already. They’re probably waiting to break the news after Christmas.
    There’s a feeling that a lot of kooks will be exposed. But, let them enjoy their Christmas. Let them enjoy their potato greens over rice, hot pepper soup and fufu. No monkey meat though.. Let them mess with those 13-year old girls with their fact butts and do all that crap. We are confident beyond a reasonable doubt that the American forensic experts will train the flashlight on them.

    The coin will be tossed. The head and tail of the coin will be revealed. That’s to say, the news will break after the fact. If the head of the coin toss exposes the culprits, the forensic experts would have done a good job. Second, the tail of the coin toss rests with Mr. Weah. Consequence is the name of the tail. Will anyone or a group of individuals be severely punished if they’re positively identified as the thieves? If the president severely punishes the thieves, Mr. Weah will be credited.

    Suggestion: A Russian-gulag-style punishment will send the message that Mr. Weah is not an enemy of corruption. Again, we’ll wait to hear and see.

    Opi may have plucked a reality string. It’s the string that’s connected to the size of the aid package for Liberia. We certainly thank Trump for the $112 million in aid, but the size of the aid package seemed to have dropped below record levels.

    Well, we’ll wait to hear and see. Mmmm.

  5. I can only imaging the feelings of how Liberia would be like on that long day when the findings are finally released! The execution of a great mandate of the people.

    Well, i foresee the unexpected becoming a reality, because there’s going to be absolutely zero tolerance of compromise. Liberia must rise above Liberians, by that we domonstrate our commitment to growth and sustainability.

    On the issue of the US $112 million dollars grant, it is important that other countries help in alleviating the high rate of poverty in Liberia. The grant also signifies the United States willingness and commitment to support the government and people of Liberia.

  6. Note, evil assumptions are different from what opt to happen. We need factual information rather than assumptions. According to the underscope, “The US Embassy advised the forensic team not to talk to media”, than what is the source of the info provided? We need credible information. Let’s avoid prejudgement.

  7. The state of the affairs are clear. Red flags were presented to the international forensic investigators before they could even set foot on the Liberian soil to carry on an investigation. For example, several high profile government officials gave conflicting information about the missing LD$16 billion dollars which led to one of those officials turning in their resignation which the president rejected.
    Another red flags was given by the speaker of the house of representatives…Speaker Chamber stated that they will not cooperate with any international investigation if they as members of legislature are made part of the investigation into the missing LD$16 billion dollars. From the statement of the speaker, it is highly unlikely that the forensic investigators will be given the necessary cooperation to get to the bottom of the missing LD$16 billion dollars saga. But again, forensic gathering of information are done in so many ways. It is also possible that some big fish are going to be fry in this hot oil. Let’s wait and see what’s coming after two weeks from now.

  8. Absolutely nothing important is going to be reported by those so call Forensic Experts.infact, some of them and the American Ambassador to Liberia,played a soccer match against President Oppong’s State Departement,during the weekend.I heard them singing that famous song”we are the masses we can’t get tire”.

  9. “Let not any one pacify his conscience by the delusion that he can do no harm if he takes no part, and forms no opinion. Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing.”
    – John Stuart Mill, British philosopher and political theorist
    Inaugural address at the University of St. Andrews
    1867

  10. Ohmm….it seems that we will have some “BIG BOY 1, 2, 3 4……” if anyone is caught in the web…you will surely feel the wrath of the Liberian people

  11. Are the forensic experts afraid to announce the result of the missing money in Liberia? Why depart the Liberian soil; comfortably in the US or anywhere before announcing the long awaited result? “Justice delayed in justice denial!” By the delay, the result will be tainted! What is happening in Liberia, can not happen in the US! Foul, foul, foul!!!!

  12. This is not news but speculations, during the 112 million United States dollars grant signing this was mentioned by the USAID representative. The government agreed that they are going to cooperate with the US government allowing them to use experts to work with our government to conduct investigations on numerous of issues including corruption and human rights violations in Liberia and make findings publicly known. They have not given any official reports yet, so let us hold our peace and stop fast tracking wrongly what is agreed upon by both government. This was what lead to the new page in the Liberia and America relationship building under President Weah.

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