By: The New Times AN IMPORTANT EVENT took place two months ago. The Netherlands Court of Appeal convicted and sentenced to 19 years a Dutch businessman, Guus Kouwenhoven, for complicity in war crimes that were perpetrated in Liberia a little less than two decades ago.
The former Superintendent of Sinoe County, Thomas Romeo Quioh, has sued the Liberia National Police for US$26,000 allegedly owed him in rental arrears. The amount covers rental arrears of his hotel which officers of the Police Support Unit (PSU) have occupied since June 2014 without payment, he claims.
The Director General of the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI) has challenged Liberians to take agriculture seriously to enhance the development of their country. Dr. Walter T. Wiles observed that agriculture, which is the first line of defense in the health system when it comes to nutrition, has been neglected over the years.
After touring West Africa and holding meetings with regional leaders to explain his vision for Liberia if elected President, this paper has been informed that the Standard Bearer of the opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), Montserrado County Senator, George Weah, travelled to Israel to hold meeting with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The purpose of the trip was not explained, but some party officials said the Liberian presidential candidate was seen boarding the Israeli Prime Minister’s official plane. The CDC officials who did not want to be named confirmed Weah traveled to Israel at the end of the ECOWAS summit, the same day PM Netanyahu departed Liberia.
The former Deputy Minister for Fiscals Affairs at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, James Kollie has rejected claims made in an audit report linking him to financial improprieties. An ongoing audit of the Private Sector Development Initiative (PSDI) over which Dr. Kollie provided general supervision when he served as Deputy Minister of Finance, found the Maritime Commissioner wanting of alleged financial indecency.
Veteran Liberian Politician Dr. Togba Nah Tipoteh has filed a writ of prohibition against the Chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC), Cllr. Jerome George Korkoya.
-Cllr. Charles Brumskine Pledges Cllr. Charles Brumskine has pledged to cut the budgets of the offices of the President and Vice President, if elected president of Liberia in the presidential elections slated for October.
-Seequeh Says Presidency Not Devine Right For Only Settlers A Liberian Journalist and political Analyst says the pending presidential election in Liberia must be won by a native candidate. Mr. Sherman Seequeh did not say which of the native candidates. Mr. Seequeh said from 1847 to 1980, the Americo-Liberian oligarchs or the Settlers served in all three branches of Government in the country-they were presidents for that period, as they were also legislators and judicial officials, and even private lawyers for foreign companies in the period.
Former rebel leader and now Nimba County Senastor, Prince Johnson says the news of his possible arrest by American FBI officers are being spread by the first partisan of the All Liberian Party (ALP), Mr. Benoni Urey. Prince Johnson speaking on arrival from Nigeria recently said the news of his possible arrest is spread because he broke away from Mr. Urey’s political coalition, pointing out that the reports are not correct.
At the closing event of its European Union funded project “Developing marine protected areas and an ecosystem management approach to Fisheries in the Mano River region, with special focus on Sierra Leone and Liberia”, in Robertsport, the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) reaffirmed its commitment to supporting Liberia’s fishing communities in their efforts to build sustainable fisheries across the country.