Prosecute NEC Boss Lansanah

MONROVIA-The ministry of justice through its team of prosecutors is expected to produce discoveries before Criminal Court C against Madam Devadatta Brown-Lansanah, Chairperson of the National Elections Commission in her criminal case.

Late 2021, madam brown-Lansanah was investigated and subsequently charged by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission over multiple offenses ranging from Money Laundering, Insider Trading Manipulation, Conflict of Interest.

During a pre-trial conference with both parties, the government team of prosecutors were asked to produce evidence relative to the crimes levied against the NEC boss.

On this basis, the discovery of evidence will be done today, March 2, 2022, that is to say, that government will provide to the court those pieces of evidence they rely on to indict madam Lansanah.

Meanwhile, an actual trial into this matter is expected to begin next Monday, March 6, 2022, before Judge T. Ciapha Carey of Criminal Court “C” at the Temple of Justice.

It can be recalled, that LACC indicted the NEC boss over conflict of interest after she (Lansanah) reportedly admitted to presiding over an NEC’s bidding process that fraudulently awarded a contract to a Liberian business, Tuma Enterprise Incorporated that is said to be owned by her brothers.

The monetary value of the contract is more than US$182,000.00 dollars and the company in question allegedly has a family tie with the chairperson.

According to the LACC indictment, Mrs. Browne-Lansanah and the company’s Vice President for Operations, David Browne are paternal half-siblings while Mr. Arnold Badio, owner, and incorporator of the company is Mr. Browne’s maternal half-brother.

The action of madam Lansanah violates Section 1.3.6, of the National Code of Conduct, which speaks against conflict of interest, as well as allegedly transgressed Part II, Section 2.2 of the LACC Act and section 15.3 of the Money laundering Act of 2012 while awarding a contract for the lease of 20 facial recognition thermometers at the total cost of US$182,320.

The NEC reportedly used the thermometers to monitor access and attendance for safe and efficient access control of personnel during the conduct of November 2021 by-elections held in Nimba, Bong, Grand Gedeh, and Bomi counties.


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