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Liberia: Missing $100Million Dollars; The List of Travel Bans is Getting Longer

The investigation into the “spectacular” disappearance between the port and Monrovia airport and the Central Bank, tickets worth more than 100 million dollars, continues in Liberia. The Weah administration is trying to trace the route under the previous government of tickets.

It is reported that 20 new exit bans targeting employees or former employees of the Central Bank have been decreed by the competent authorities.

These are added to the first list of fifteen people already banned from travel including officials of the Central Bank including Charles Sirleaf, a son of the former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

A total of 35 people suspected of wanting to leave the country, are now covered by a judicial order “Ne Exeat Republica” (non-exit of the Republic) taken on September 27 and which AFP obtained a copy Saturday, informs Jeune Afrique .

Addressed to the police, the source said, the ordinance stipulates that if they attempt to leave the capital Monrovia or cross the border, they will be “brought before the court to answer the criminal charges brought against them by the police. Republic of Liberia through the Ministry of Justice “.

If information relayed on the social networks and in the local press reported the outright disappearance of these notes, the power of Morovia has provided a denial while stating that he was not informed of the decisions concerning the printing of tickets taken under the old administration.

George Weah called for “patience” for his fellow citizens, saying “certain to reach a logical conclusion” at the end of the investigation, adding that “if some people are guilty of financial malfeasance, they will held entirely responsible “.

The Liberian authorities, who are trying to trace the route under the previous government of more than $ 100 million in banknotes, have issued 20 new exit bans on employees or former employees of the Central Bank.

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The government had already banned 15 people, including officials from the Central Bank, including a son of former president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, following the opening of an investigation into the case that is shaking the country. poor West Africa since mid-September.

Thirty-five people in total, suspected of wanting to leave the country, are now subject to a court order “Ne Exeat Republica” (non-exit of the Republic) taken on 27 September and which AFP obtained a copy Saturday.

Addressed to the police, this ordinance stipulates that, if they attempt to leave the capital of Monrovia or cross the border, they must be “brought before the court to meet the criminal charges brought against them by the Republic of Liberia”. intermediary of the Ministry of Justice “. The document does not specify which charges are involved.

Charles Sirleaf in the list 
The expanded list includes Milton Weeks, governor of the Central Bank under President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who succeeded in January George Weah, Charles Sirleaf, son of Mrs. Sirleaf who works in this institution since the 2000s, already on the first list, as well as employees of the Central Bank.

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The administration of President George Weah announced two weeks ago the opening in August of an investigation into the entry of bags and containers filled with Liberian dollar bills for $ 15 billion ($ 97 million). US $ 83 million) for the Central Bank in 2017 and early 2018.

“Patience” 
For several days, information in the press and on social networks, fed by imprecise statements of officials, have reported the outright disappearance of these notes between the port and Monrovia airport and the Bank Central.

But the new authorities have sought to deny, while acknowledging that they had not been informed of the decisions regarding the printing of banknotes taken under the former administration.

George Weah called for “patience” for his fellow citizens, saying “certain to reach a logical conclusion” at the end of the investigation, adding that “if some people are guilty of financial malfeasance, they will held entirely responsible “.

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