HINTS NEWS NETWORK - INTERNATIONAL INVESTOR EXPOSES CORRUPTION IN LIBERIA'S MINING SECTOR, LANDS AND MINES REMAINS TIGHT-LIPPED

Monday, January 6, 2014

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INTERNATIONAL INVESTOR EXPOSES CORRUPTION IN LIBERIA’S MINING SECTOR, LANDS AND MINES REMAINS TIGHT-LIPPED POSTED

BY HNNW ON JANUARY 6, 2014 IN LATEST NEWS | 312 VIEWS |

The Liberty Group of Companies has in a strong worded statement blasted the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Lands, Mines, and Energy for what it called blatant corruption perpetrated against it. The President of the company, Len Lindstrom revealed that his company has been repeatedly cheated, manipulated, extorted and lied to by the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy and the Government of Liberia, while selling off its properties to other companies.

Mr Lindstrom alleged that said actions are being meted out against his company despite the fact that Liberty won a decisive judgement in the Civil Law Court of Liberia on March 11 2011 wherein the court adjudged that the actions of Lands, Mines and Energy were illegal, irregular, improper and unlawful, and ordered all Liberty mineral concessions and licenses reinstated and extended.

But according to Mr Lindstrom, almost three more years have passed with no appropriate response to the explicit orders of the court while the executives of Lands and Mines continue selling off the company’s licensed properties in violation of explicit court orders.

Mr Lindstrom was speaking when he launched a 618 page book titled Corruption 101 Liberian Style intended to expose what he called white collar crime, corporate bribery, and government corruption in the resource sector.

An inscription on the book cover reads “Let justice reign even if all the rascals in the world should perish from it.”

The company’s CEO further alleged that executives of the Lands and Mines Ministry attempted bribing the company’s lawyer, the judge as well as Liberty’s General Manager, but to no avail.

He however noted that the ministry was eventually able to buy off the company’s original lawyer as it has been discovered that critical transcripts were removed from the official Court Record on two separate occasions and that the lawyer secretive, arbitrary damaging changes to the original Appellee’s Brief filed in the Supreme Court which he noted was an attempt to undermine his client and to sabotage the Liberty case against the Government of Liberia.

Mr Lindstrom also revealed that in an attempt to settle the matter in an amicable manner without causing greater embarrassment to the Government of Liberia, he wrote an 18-page letter to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in March 2012, which was followed by an official visit from the Canadian Ambassador at which time he said the Liberty case was brought up.

But according to Mr Lindstrom, there has been no corresponding action by the Government of Liberia to any of the attempts to bring the matter to conclusion. Liberty began operations in Liberia in June 2004 having paid almost US$1.15 million dollars in license fees to government.

When contacted, the Ministry of Lands, Mines, and Energy said it was focused on more productive work rather than responding to the Liberty Group of Companies.

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