Investigators Sound Caveat
-Warn Against Uncoordinated Comments
By Charles P. Dennis
Financial Crime Investigators who are probing the alleged missing of billions of newly printed Liberian banknotes have sounded a strong caveat to Government officials against what they described as uncoordinated comments.
The Special Presidential Investigative Committee has urged officials of the Government to desist from making comments relating on the investigation without its approval. Addressing a major press conference in Monrovia Thursday, the detectives noted that it would be counter-productive to progress of the exploration.
The committee admonished that it will be in the best interest of the country and the progress of the investigation if those in authority give the investigators the space to conduct the investigation in a professional manner, free from all interferences.
In a rather uncompromising mood, when the criminal detectives appeared during the Ministry of Information regular press briefing Thursday, the Chairman of the committee and Commissioner for Investigation and Enforcement at the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), Charles J.L. Gibson condemned what he termed as “uncoordinated comments” that could interfere with the progress the body is making.
Gibson called on those involved to immediately desist as such utterances could destroy the gains the committee has already made.
He added that most of the institutions and individuals who are of interest in the ongoing probe were cooperating.
How he said, the CBL was partially cooperating, adding that the investigation, is to some extent is being impeded by the slow pace of CBL to release sensitive documents essential for the progress of the investigation.
Also addressing reporters during press briefing, Alex Cuffy, Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), called on anyone from the public, who has any information on the alleged missing money to release it the committee, this according to Cuffy would assist the committee accelerate its work.
He promised that the confidentiality of the whistle-blowers will be respected during the process at all times.
Curry has allayed public fear and declared that no individual, despite his/her position in society would escape prosecution, if indicted by the investigators.