Gov’t Issues Writ Of Arrest For David Farhart, Kolli Tamba, Others


The Government of Liberia, through the Ministry of Justice, has issued a writ of arrest for eight former Central Bank of Liberia Executives. Those to be arrested include the four former members of the Board of Governors.

     According to the writ of arrest from the First Judicial Circuit Assizes “C” at the Temple of Justice, those to be arrested are David M. Farhart, Melissa A. Ernch, Elsie Dossen Badio, Kollie Tamba, all former members of the Board of Governors. Others to be rearrested are Milton A Weeks, former Executive Governor, Dorbor M. Hagba, former Director of Finance, Richard H. Walker, former Director for Banking, and Joseph Dennis, former Director for Internal Audit.

Kolli S. Tamba, Board Member, CBL

The eight are being charged with theft of property, economic sabotage, fraud on the internal revenue of Liberia, misuse of public money, property and record, theft and or illegal disbursement of public money, criminal conspiracy and criminal facilitation.

     “The court instructs the Sheriff of the Court, Capt. Daniel E, Guuld, or his deputy to arrest the living bodies of the eight persons based upon the indictment prepared against them by the Grand Jury duly selected, empanelled and sworn to inquire in and for the people of Montserrado County, Republic of Liberia, and forthwith bring them before this Honorable Court to answer to the said charges,” the writ of arrest read.

It can be recalled that on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, to the shock of many the Government of Liberia (GOL) represented by the Solicitor General, Cllr. Sayma Syrenius Cephus, at the Criminal Court “C” dropped all charges against four of the five for CBL executives. They included Charles Sirleaf, former Deputy Governor, Dorbor Hagba, Richard Walker and Joseph Dennis.

     Mr. Milton Weeks was kept on the hook because, according to the government’s team, he was a member of the Board of Governors which gave the order to print the money. The prosecutors said they were going after the Board this time around.

     Owing to their word, on Monday, June 8, 2020 the prosecutors dropped charges against Mr. Weeks and indicted him, again, along with seven others, including four former members of the Board of Governors. 

     In December of 2019 the Government of Liberia (GOL) dropped charges against Crane Currency, a Swedish printing company which printed the extra L$2.6 billion the eight are accused of illegally printing.

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