Special Presidential Investigative Team Rubbished Conflict Of Interest Reports

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The Technical Committee of the Special Presidential Investigative Team probing the ongoing saga missing billions of Liberian dollars has rubbished report of conflict of interest on the part of any of its members.

The committee, according to a release wants to assure the public that in any situation of conflict of interest on the part of any member, said member will be removed from the investigation.

Recently the chairman of the group under the banner “Concerned Citizens United to Bring Back Our Money” called on Alex Cuffy of the Special Presidential Investigative Team to recuse himself from the ongoing investigation over the missing currency.

Martin Kollie accused Mr. Alex Cuffy of being a brother to Celia Cuffy, the former boss of the National Port Authority whose regime the newly printed bank notes were reportedly brought into the country.

Alex Cuffy is the current head of the Financial Intelligent Unit and coordinator of the Special Presidential Investigative Team probing the disappearance of the 16 billions of Liberian dollars.

Mr. Kollie in a live Facebook broadcast on the weekend asserted that the likes of Alex Cuffy and others lack the requisite independent to expose the facts, because of their personal association with those who are linked.

But the Committee indicated that such information is false and misleading and stress that the Technical Committee of the Presidential Investigative Team is pleased with all of its members.

The release added that at no time did the committee state that it does not welcome the inclusion of international institutions on the investigative team.

“While the committee welcomes the government’s inclusion to the investigation team of other institutions and invitation to international institutions, we want to assure the public that we have the capacity, integrity and tenacity to conduct and conclude this investigation.” The release discloses.

Meanwhile, the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission says its attention has been drawn to media reports questioning the credibility and integrity of the LACC regarding its lead role into the ongoing investigation over reports of missing money.

The LACC in a statement issued in Monrovia Tuesday said the media has been reporting the commission cannot conduct an unbiased investigation on grounds that the spouse of one of its commissioners is named a person of interest.Cllr. Augustine Toe is the husband to Mrs. E. Grisby-Toe of the Central Bank of Liberia.

The Commission pointed out that Cllr. Toe as Co-Chair of the LACC does not form part of any investigation.

In an attempt to avoid conflict of interest, the statement says Cllr. Toe wrote the commission, asking for his recusal in keeping with best international practices.

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