August 4, 2005
Suspended Liberian maritime official is jailed
Suspended Liberian Maritime Commissioner J. D. Slanger spent his first night in Monrovia's Central Prison Wednesday after prosecutors objected to his release on bond, reports the Liberian Observer.
Slanger turned himself in Wednesday after Monday's announcement of a $10,000 reward for information leading to his arrest and that of Mohammed Dukuly, the dismissed Liberian Permanent Representative to IMO.
"Earlier," says the Liberian Observer, "two Financial Comptrollers of the Maritime Bureau, Samuel Q. Cummings of Monrovia and Garreston Togba of the USA office were arraigned before the court on related offenses."
The Liberian Observer says that Slanger, Cummings, Togba and Dukuly are "charged with economic sabotage for embezzling US$3.5 million generated from the country's maritime program."
Dukuly is still at large .