Thursday, November 19, 2009

Jappah family cries for justice

A family member of Aloysius T. Jappah, a former member of the presidential Technical Committee of the controversial Zakhem International Construction, Ltd involving the dismissed Managing Director of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Corporation (LPRC) Harry Greaves is challenging the Liberian government to take Mr. Jappah to court to enable him exonerate himself through the due process of law.

In a statement released in Monrovia Wednesday, November 18, on behalf of Mr. Jappah, Alteah Jappah said credible sources have hinted the family that there are attempts being made by the government of Liberia to sweep the alleged bribery accusation him (Jappah) under the carpet perhaps due to lack of sufficient evidence to link the accused.

“The government of Liberia must show courage in taking the appropriate steps to leave no doubts in the minds of the public as to who is criminally responsible in the alleged deal raised by Mr. Greaves,” the statement said.

According to the statement, Greaves months ago swore to an affidavit which he submitted to the Office of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf alleging bribery demand on the part of Mr. Jappah which was later accordingly submitted to the Ministry of Justice for investigation.

However, the statement added, “strangely, after two days of investigation by the Ministry of Justice, Greaves undertook a dare-devil public campaign intended to mislead the public, when he realized that the bribery allegation scheme was being identified and exposed as a part of a signature pattern of his to discredit attempts to unmask the unholy Zakhem contract he (Greaves) was immediately dismissed the president.

The statement said unlike Greaves who has been fully compensated and given all his benefits since his dismissal, Mr. Jappah has written several letters to the President, Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Minister of State for Finance, Economic, and Legal Affairs, the Minister of Justice, and the Director General of the Civil Service Agency to receive his just compensation for services rendered the government of Liberia but to no avail.

The Jappah family however described as “outright cruelty and no respect for governance and the rule of law” the apparent refusal by the government to pay their brother just benefit. The statement calls on the public to implore the President to pay Mr. Jappah and to properly investigate the litany of lies told against this decent young man whose character remained immaculate until he joined the company of wolves and hyenas.

In conclusion, the statement commended the Ministry of Justice for the professional form and manner in which the alleged bribery accusation against Aloysius Jappah was handled and investigated.

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