The former head of the National Housing Authority(NHA) Duannah Siryon denied taking a bribe of US$80,000 from Emmanuel Tapsoba, the coordinator of Burkina Fasso – based company GELPAZ-IMMO to be given to president George Weah in connection to the construction of several thousands of housing units in Liberia.Siryon and others are facing charges of alleged economic sabotage, theft of property, bribery, misapplication of entrusted property and criminal conspiracy. They have denied the charges. GELPAZ-IMMO is a company from Burkina Faso, West Africa that expressed interest in constructing thousands of housing units in Liberia.
He along with co-defendants Tugbeh C. Tugbeh, NHA Deputy Director for Administration and Isaac Roberts, Deputy Director for Technical Services are in the legal trial.
But ex-director Mr. Siryon, the third defense witness at Criminal Court “C” in Monrovia was in triggered by questions from Cllr. Jerry D.K. Garwolor during cross examination with the prosecution Tuesday, 29 October.
Ahead of Mr. Siryon’s testimony, prosecution’s first witness Mr. Rafael Wilson alleged that NHA boos allegedly acknowledged to be recorded while receiving money from one Augustine Weah.
“In one of the offices of the National Housing Authority, you could also hear in the audio, the defendants discussing the unfair distribution of the USD$80,000 which Siryon received .,” witness Wilson alleged.
Former NHA boss said that president Weah was completely innocent. TNR