- Published on Wednesday, 27 February 2013 13:00
- Written by The News
…For My Child's Father, Former Police Chief Tells Court
The trial involving former Police Director Beatrice Munah Sieh-Browne and four others continues at the Criminal Court 'C' with co-defendant Sieh-Browne taking the witness.
Co-defendant Sieh-Browne and four others stand accused of Economic Sabotage, Theft of Property, Criminal Facilitation and Criminal Conspiracy. But they have pleaded not guilty.
Taking the witness stand Tuesday, co-defendant Sieh-Brown maintained that she is not guilty of the crimes as claimed by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC).
The former Police Director claimed that she is being prosecuted on the basis of “personal vendetta” by the Chairperson of LACC, Cllr. Frances Johnson-Allison because of a confusion both of them had in 1981.
Defense witness Sieh-Browne told the court that in 1981, Cllr. Johnson-Allison was loving to her (Sieh-Brown) child's father whose name she did not mention.
According to her, during the confusion, she and Cllr. Allison were embroiled into a fist fight on the Campus of the University of Liberia and the fight extended to Logan Town.
Since then, she said Cllr. Johnson-Allison harbored grudge in her heart and planned to get even with her.
The former Police Chief argued that the trial has nothing to do with the misappropriation of over US$199,000, rather for her child father's business which prompted the fist fight back in the 80s.
Sieh-Brown said the Ministry of Justice has already investigated the over US$199,000 police uniforms case. She argued that the Justice Ministry cleared her and four others with a certificate to that effect and subsequently presented to the court.
She further explained that prior to the purchase of the police uniforms and other accessories, the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC) raised no objection because they met all requirements.
The witness told the court that she was not involved in the process leading to the selection of the vendor for the purchase of the uniforms.
She said after the committee completed the vetting process, the document was sent to her for signature which she did.
Madam Sieh-Brown further told the court that she received a delivery note from her Logistics Officer indicating that the uniforms and other accessories were delivered; as a result, the Ministry of Finance ordered payment following due diligence to confirm delivery of the items.
She maintained that the process for the purchase of the uniforms and other accessories was legal and transparent.