Tuesday, October 9, 2018 – It has come to the attention of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) that media institutions as well as several radio talk shows are questioning the credibility and integrity of the LACC in their various newspapers and discussions on radio regarding the LACC taking the lead in the investigations.
It has been reported in the various news outlets that the LACC cannot conduct an unbiased investigation and that there will be a conflict of interest due to the fact that the spouse of one of its Commissioners is named as a Person of Interest.
In view of the foregoing, the LACC wishes to point out the followingThat, while it is true that the spouse of its Vice Chairperson, Cllr. J. Augustine Toe has been named as a person of interest; Cllr Toe is Vice Chairperson and has oversight responsibilities over the Legal & Prosecution Division and does NOT take part in ANY investigation.
That, when the LACC was invited to join the Presidential Investigation Team (PIT); Cllr. Toe subsequently submitted an Internal Memorandum dated September 24, to the Executive Chairperson of the LACC, Cllr. James Verdier, Jr., to “recuse myself from this aspect of LACC’s work that has to do with the investigation of the alleged missing 16 billion directly or indirectly. Cllr. Toe noted this is in keeping with international best practices and to avoid possible “conflict of interest.”
That, the head of the PIT Technical Committee is Mr. Charles J.L. Gibson III, Commissioner with Oversight responsibilities of Enforcement and Investigation at the LACC and not Cllr. Charles H. Gibson, who now serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of NOCAL. The two public officials have no relations.
The LACC requests media outlets in the country to thoroughly probe into allegations and refrain from such publications and allow the Presidential Investigation Team to do its work.