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Scant Security Fear Grips LACC

first_imgIt appears that the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) is beginning to take a cue from the recent mysterious death of a whistleblower, Atty. Michael Allison, who drowned in the Atlantic Ocean, according to two autopsy reports. However, family members and many others still suspect foul play.Though the autopsy reports confirmed death by drowning, a family lawyer has insisted Atty. Allison’s death was not natural and many Liberians still harbor the view that he was killed for exposing corrupt practices in government.Against this backdrop, the LACC has begun to raise alarm over the inadequate security protecting its employees and its headquarters.Speaking at a Roundtable Conference with partners recently in Monrovia, the anti-graft commission Chairman, Cllr. James Verdier, indicated that the location of the LACC headquarters is not ideal due because it is particularly accessible to the many intruders who enter the building on a daily basis.The building is not suitable to host the offices of the Liberia Anti- Corruption Commission, said Verdier.“I’m sure some of you noticed while coming here that the location of this building is not ideal for the kind of work that we are doing. This is one of our major fears. We have a lot of intruders,” Cllr. Verdier told journalists.He said bringing people to book for financial malpractices, which the LACC is solely involved in, is a difficult task and involves a lot of risks.Central government, out of fear for the lives of the LACC commissioners and their junior officials, has recently begun to assign officers of the Executive Protective Services (EPS) and Liberia National Police (LNP) to the building, a highly placed source, told the Daily Observer.The building, located in the heart of Monrovia, is frequented by people loitering in the area while others go about their daily business activities with no security screening around the vicinity, the source indicated.“There are also nearby homes and offices which bring a level of insecurity,” Cllr. Verdier said. Providing statistical updates behind LACC’s security concerns, Cllr. Verdier indicated that since the establishment of the Commission in 2009 it has investigated a total of 166 cases of which 14 called for prosecution.According to him seven of the fourteen cases were forwarded to the Ministry of Justice for prosecution.He also disclosed that from 2014 the LACC has investigated seven cases and made the determination that those cases should be prosecuted. LACC has retrieved five cases from the Ministry of Justice, (MOJ) due to delay in prosecuting those involved.One of those cases was retrieved two years ago and this involved the former Police Director, Beatrice Muna Sieh, who was found guilty, but a lower court overturned the verdict, leading to the Supreme Court’s intervention to reinstate the earlier verdict.He also said LACC recently received three indictments, dealing with cases involving NOCAL bribery scandal; a CCTV case and the Flashpoint Newspaper operated by former lawmaker David Kortie.The LACC boss, however, noted that his commission has also been involved in restituting funds stolen from government coffers.“Last year we recovered US$16,000, another US$80,000 from a financial institution for unauthorized payment of civil servants checks,” he said.He also reechoed the need for the commission to be granted prosecutorial powers. “If we have the direct power to prosecute corruption cases ourselves, we will be able to achieve more.“This means that government will be doing simultaneous prosecutions. We will have the MOJ prosecuting while we will at the same time be prosecuting,” he noted.He also reechoed calls for the establishment of a specialized court for the prosecution of corruption cases.Meanwhile, Cllr. Verdier told partners, many of whom are donors, at the Roundtable discussion that the objective was to assure them and the general public that the commission is prepared to undertake its mandate and to build confidence with partners in terms of its support to government.Some of the partners present included representatives from UNMIL, the European Union, the United States government and others.He used the occasion to highlight challenges that the commission is facing.He revealed that the LACC, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program, has also begun what he termed as corruption risk assessment in Liberian schools, though the exercise was only conducted in Montserrado County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

PRIESTS LAUNCH SCATHING ATTACK OVER ABUSE AUDITS

first_imgTHE organisation representing Catholic priests has hit back at how innocent clergy have been treated – and accused some bishops of being more interested in media perception.The Association of Catholic Priests said it welcomed audits of six dioceses – including Raphoe and Derry – from the National Board for Safeguarding Children.But the organisation went on: “We would like to draw attention to one statistic that has been revealed by the report. In all, allegations were made against 85 priests. Eight of those were convicted of a criminal offence. In some other cases a settlement was made with the alleged victim. “But that still leaves a substantial number of priests against whom no inappropriate behaviour was criminally or civilly established. But what we can say for certain is that each of these was immediately removed from ministry, most in a public way that brought shame and disgrace on them and on their families, and often caused great upset in their parish communities.“Many of them have remained in a limbo situation for years, asserting their innocence but having no way of clearing their name. To quote one expert legal opinion, the way they have been treated “offends the very basic and fundamental principles of natural justice and fair procedures”.“We believe that many bishops, in their great desire to implement the child protection guidelines, and to be seen by the media to be doing so, have lost sight of the rights and entitlements of priests to their good name and reputation.”The organisation added: “We would wish to balance this debate by asserting this right, and stating that in attempting to make right the wrong done to victims of abuse another group of people – innocent priests whose reputations, character and lives have become collaterally and often permanently damaged without any possibility of redress – may be victimised in a different way. “This concern, we believe, should be a constituent part of the ongoing debate.”© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily Sell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comPRIESTS LAUNCH SCATHING ATTACK OVER ABUSE AUDITS was last modified: December 1st, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:abuse auditassociation of catholic priestsDerryRaphoelast_img read more

OUTRAGE AT MURDER OF GARDA DETECTIVE

first_imgDONEGAL TD  and SF Justice spokesman Padraig Mac Lochlainn has condemned last night’s brutal murder of a Garda detective.The fatal shooting happened at around 9.30pm at the Lordship Credit Union in Bellurgan, Jenkinstown in Dundalk.The Garda Adrian Donohoe was one of two detectives on escort duty when the shooting occurred. It is believed four armed men were waiting outside to rob the credit union and moved to hold up staff at gunpoint as they were leaving work.One of the two detectives approached the raiders and was shot dead.His colleague has been severely traumatised but is otherwise unhurt.The raiders fled the scene in what is believed to have been a dark-coloured car. Reacting to the news, Sinn Féin Justice spokesperson, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn said: “This is a yet another tragic reminder of the immense risks our Gardaí take every day to protect our communities.“We can only hope that those responsible are speedily brought to justice.“My thoughts and prayers are with the deceased Garda’s family and colleagues at this very difficult time.”A Garda spokesman said: “It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe attached to the Detective Unit in Dundalk.“Detective Garda Donohoe was fatally injured following a shooting incident at the Lordship Credit Union at Bellurgan, Jenkinstown, Dundalk, Co Louth at approximately 9.30pm last night (25/1/13). “Following the death of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan speaking at Garda Headquarters this morning said: ‘I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of my colleague Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe. Detective Garda Donohoe died as a result of injuries sustained in the course of his duty following a shooting incident in Dundalk last night.“At this time my thoughts and prayers and those of the entire force are with the family, friends and close colleagues of Adrian.”GRA President John Parker said: “This dreadful news is what every police family fears. At this time the wider garda family will be doing everything possible to support the late garda’s relatives and loved ones, friends and colleagues. There is a deep shock across An Garda Síochána – and Irish society.“This heinous crime highlights the dangers gardaí face in the course of their duties and must be rightly condemned. We urge anyone who has any information, however small it may seem, to contact gardaí in Dundalk or the confidential Crimestoppers line 1800 25 00 25.” OUTRAGE AT MURDER OF GARDA DETECTIVE was last modified: January 26th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:OUTRAGE AT MURDER OF GARDA DETECTIVElast_img read more

Voting underway for DUSU polls at 52 centres

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 12 (PTI) Polling is underway for the Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) elections at 52 centres in colleges here, an official said Wednesday.As many as 1.35 lakh students will decide the fate of 23 candidates in in the DUSU polls.Senior faculty members have been posted as observers at the centres and around 700 electronic voting machines (EVMs) have been installed, the official said.Polling began at 8.30 am at morning colleges and will end at 1 pm. In evening colleges, it will be held between 3 pm and 7.30 pm.In the fray are the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) student wing which is contesting the polls in alliance with the Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS), and left-wing students’ outfit All India Students Association (AISA).While the NSUI has promised the “Institute of Eminence” tag for Delhi University and thalis for Rs 10, the ABVP has promised to spend 50 per cent of the union’s budget on women and social justice-related activities, along with a special attention to promoting sports and installing sanitary pad vending machines on college campuses.After the AAP came to power in Delhi in February 2015, its students wing had unsuccessfully contested the DUSU polls.It has promised to ensure installation of CCTV cameras, setting up of police booths on campus, ending the “culture of hooliganism” and opposing commercialisation of education.The results will be announced on Thursday. Last year, the polls saw a 43-per cent voter turnout. PTI SLB  ANBANBadvertisementlast_img read more