|Final Arguments In LEC Theft Case Today|
|Published on September 30, 2009||Email To Friend Print Version
Final argument is expected to take place at the Criminal Court “C” at the Temple of Justice in the controversial fuel oil theft case.
The case involving the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) thru the State against defendants Justine Taylor, Joseph Giddings and Amos Brosius resumed on June 19, 2009 after the Grand Jury of Montserrado County charged them with theft of property in February 2008.
They were accused of carrying away 6,500 gallons of diesel fuel valued at US$30,000 intended for the LEC between September 23 and 24, 2008.
During the trial, the state produced four witnesses, three rebuttal witness all from the Ministry of National Security who alleged that there was fuel theft.
The defense produced three witnesses and several documentary evidences.
One of the state owned witnesses, Cornelius Steward disagreed with the three witnesses and told the court there was no theft.
The former Assistant Warehouse Manager of LEC turned witness said the 6,500 gallons was delivered to the LEC with records and not diverted as alleged.
However, in separate testimonies, the defendants denied the allegation and claimed that there was no theft and there were records to show that the 6,500 gallons was delivered.
In his testimony, Mr. Amos Brosius whose company was accused of diverting the fuel told the court this was a complete lie.
He said he entered in an agreement with the LEC to supply 275,000 gallons of fuel to the LEC over the period of three months at the value of US$1.3million.
Commenting on the 6,500 gallons of fuel, Mr. Brosius said the first 3,000 gallons of the fuel was delivered from the company’s storage followed by another 3,500 with documents to that effect submitted to the court as evidence.
Today’s final argument which is expected to be a tense legal battle will be held between incoming Solicitor General Wilkins Wright and veteran lawyer Francis Garlawolo. The management will set the stage for a final ruling by Judge Jussif Kaba.