Two Government Officials On the Run

By: Josephus Moses Gray
Monrovia, Liberia

The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia
August 4, 2005


The National Transitional Government of Liberia (NTGL) have ordered the immediate arrest of two corrupt officials –suspended Maritime commissioner, J. D. Tiah Slangar and the dismissed Liberia’s representative to the International Maritime Organization, Mr. Mohammed Dukuly.

The former Maritime Commissioner was nominated in the NTGL by the former high command of the disbanded rebels’ group-Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL), while Mr. Dukuly served the NTGL on the ticket of the former regime of Ex-president Charles Taylor. He is a former Bomi county senator in the brutal Taylor’s regime.

The escaped of the two corrupt officials followed the writ of arrest issued on August 2 by the Ministry of Justice, ordering the prosecution of the two former Maritime executives. The two men went into hiding following the expirations of the 72nd hours ultimatum issued by the transitional head of state, Chairman Charles Gyude Bryant.

According to a press statement issued by the Justice Ministry, the appropriate government security apparatus including the Liberia National Police (LNP) have been ordered to arrest the two fugitives, while at the same time, the ministry offered US$10,000 for information that would lead to the arrest of Mr. Slangar and Mr. Dukuly.

Mr. Slangar was rested yesterday by security agents, while the whereabouts of the Mr. Dukuly remains unknown.

Both men are linked to stealing of 700. 000euros from Liberia’s maritime program. They are also accused of squinting US$3.8 million.