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Liberia: Justice Minister Laments Cllr. Syrennius Cephus’ Insubordination

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Monrovia — With out denying that he had positioned and acquired a number of calls to a predominant suspect in a significant cash laundering case, Solicitor Basic Syrennius Cephus, has accused the Minister of Justice and different officers throughout the Ministry of passing on name logs to FrontPageAfrica.

“This can be a conspiracy, and we strongly suspect that it’s being perpetrated in opposition to Choose Jallah and Cllr. Cephus from contained in the Ministry of Justice apparently to derail ongoing the trial of ANC political chief, Alexander B. Cummings… ” wrote one Titus Jenkins Kiahun however shared by Cllr. Cephus in a WhatsApp chatroom of which the Justice Minister is a member.

The author went on to state, “And since no establishment or company in Liberia can apply for, search or acquire a name log(s) besides the Ministry of Justice vis-à-vis the police underneath the instruction of the Minister of Justice or a prosecuting legal professional performing underneath his management and this could solely be performed via the courts. Due to this fact, Dodoo couldn’t have had any entry to a purported name log with out the help of some within the Ministry of Justice, or from a police officer or a prosecuting legal professional.”

The Solicitor Basic then, amongst different issues, went on accusing Minister Dean of attempting to protect the political chief of the Various Nationwide Congress Alexander Cummings when the writ of arrest was issued on him on January 3, 2022.

He additional acknowledged that it was him (Cephus) who pursued the cash laundering case, sought and writ of arrest and a ne exeat republic on the instruction of the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Nathaniel McGill and the Minister of Finance, Samuel D. Tweah.

Parallel Ministry of Justice

Reacting to the allegations by Cllr. Cephus, Justice Minister Dean informed FrontPageAfrica that Cllr. Cephus has been ‘working his personal Justice Ministry’.

“Within the description of the features of the S.G., the Statute makes use of the phrases, ‘topic to the path and management’ of the Minister of Justice. Sadly, the Solicitor Basic doesn’t work underneath my supervision. He doesn’t report back to me; he runs a parallel Ministry of Justice,” Cllr. Dean mentioned.

The Justice Minister mentioned, as Lawyer Basic, his first operate is to acquire proof for, and conduct, prosecute or defend all fits and proceedings within the courts wherein the Republic of Liberia or any officer of the Republic is a celebration or could also be meant.

Minister Dean, nonetheless, lamented that Cllr. Cephus “is falsely parading himself because the Chief Prosecutor”.

Cephus But to Deny Name Log

In the meantime, whereas Cllr. Cephus is but to outrightly deny or verify putting and receiving calls from Patrick Hermann and others who’ve been indicted for his or her alleged involvement within the institution of a shell firm and cash laundering as seen within the name logs.

FrontPageAfrica was capable of rely 23 outgoing and incoming calls to and from the Solicitor Basic’s quantity with Co-Defendant Diega Patrick Hermann Wahi between December 17, 2021 to January 5, 2022.

When contacted for feedback, Solicitor Basic Cephus informed FrontPageAfrica that as a lawyer of his stature, he couldn’t present a response as why the calls positioned and acquired to Patrick till FPA shared with him paperwork in its possession.

Nonetheless, the Justice of the Peace of the Monrovia Metropolis Court docket, Choose Jomah Jallah, whose cell quantity seems over 100 occasions on Co-Defendant Patrick’s name log has complained FrontPageAfrica to the Press Union of Liberia and labelled the story as missing any iota of fact and has referred to as on the Press Union to compel FrontPageAfrica to provide the proof.

FrontPageAfrica’s investigation additional established that Patrick Hermann is believed to be the chief of the black cash market in Liberia and has a robust contact with key actors within the judiciary together with the Solicitor Basic, thereby, utilizing these contacts to assist protect cash launderers and serving to them get cleared via the court docket system.

FrontPageAfrica gathered that Cllr. Cephus on many events tried to dam the indictment by placing up bottlenecks through the investigation, thereby, prompting a few of the investigators to ask him to recuse himself.

Patrick Hermann was indicted alongside Korlane Funding Liberia Restricted Legal responsibility Firm via its president and company brokers, Evgeny Nikisuik and others to be recognized.

“That Co-Defendant Korlane Funding Restricted Legal responsibility Firm has perpetrated fraud by instituting scant and doubtful offers through the use of Visa and Grasp playing cards, and processing miscoded playing and or unlawful playing transactions wherein gathered tons of of hundreds of United States {Dollars} transferred to Assure Belief Financial institution (Liberia) Restricted via doubtful transactions,” the indictment indicated.

Korlane Investments Liberia Restricted Legal responsibility Firm was lately designated a as a high-risk cash Laundering shell firm arrange for what seems to be the only real goal to laundering the proceeds of crimes generated via fraud, a predicated offense for Cash Laundering.