Former Speaker Tyler Was Aware of US$2M Scrap Deal

first_img-County Attorney Karnley of Bomi ClaimsDays after former Speaker Alex Tyler denied any involvement in Bomi County’s Superintendent  Adama B. Robinson’s alleged sale of US$2 million ‘scrap metal’ equipment at the center of a criminal lawsuit, Cllr. Juma P. Karnley, the county attorney, on Friday, February 22, 2019, claimed that Tyler was aware of the sale of the equipment.The US$2 million ‘scrap metal’ equipment is believed to be owned by a British investor, Mr. Hans Armstrong, who had complained to Cllr. Karnley that Superintendent Robinson, without his knowledge, took away his property in his concession area in Sackie Town, Bomi County.The matter was transferred from the 11th Judicial Circuit Court in Bomi County to the Criminal Court ‘C’ in Monrovia for prosecution. However, Tyler’s name is not mentioned as one of the defendants as is in the case of Robinson.However, Tyler, when he appeared as a guest on the Truth FM Breakfast Show recently, claimed, that he had no knowledge that the 11th Judicial Circuit Court of Bomi County had placed an injunction on the sale of the ‘scrap’, pending the outcome of a criminal investigation.Tyler said Robinson earlier informed him that there was an abandoned ‘scrap metal’ equipment in Sackie Town, and since there was no money to support the county team during the just ended County Sports Meet, it would be necessary that they sold the equipment to finance the team.“I did not know about the injunction and so I agreed with Robinson for the sale of the equipment to finance the team,” Tyler claimed during the show.Refuting Tyler’s assertion last Friday when he spoke with journalists in Monrovia, Cllr. Karnley alleged that at no time did Tyler claim that he did not know anything about the court’s injunction on the sale of the equipment.“I informed the public in general on a radio show in Bomi County that the said equipment is privately owned and that the procedure adopted by Superintendent Robinson was not legally correct since the equipment is being kept in Sackie Town waiting for the court’s order,” Cllr. Karnley said.Cllr. Karnley also alleged that Tyler was indeed aware of the illegal ‘scrap’ transaction when on April 28, 2014, he (Karnley) wrote then Superintendent Samuel F. Brown about a criminal investigation against the then Senjeh District Commissioner, James Tarpeh.Tarpeh with the help of Tyler allegedly staged a roadblock to prevent Armstrong from taking the scrap equipment from the county.Karnley claimed that based on that, officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) investigated Tarpeh and charged him with multiple charges that included “Obstructing public highway, felonious restraint, and terroristic threats.”Karnley also said Tarpeh was never prosecuted because Superintendent Brown prevented that from happening. He explained that while the case was pending Superintendent Brown was replaced with Robinson.“So, Tyler cannot say he does not know about the injunction on the sale of the scrap,” the Bomi County prosecutor claimed.Karnley also claimed that when Robinson was appointed, being aware of the scrap matters, Robinson, on December 19, 2019, entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) as the owner of the ‘scrap’ equipment (actually owned by Armstrong) with one Stanley Walker, a vendor, to sell the equipment that was placed under the custody of the court.Karnley alleged that he advised Robinson not to sell the equipment, but, Robinson refused to listen to his call before entering into the MOU with Walker.The Bomi County prosecutor also claimed that since Superintendent Robinson could not listen to his advice, on January 16, 2019 he wrote Prince Mulbah, Deputy Inspector General of the Liberia National Police, to conduct a prompt investigation about a complaint filed by Armstrong against Superintendent Robinson.Karnley claimed that he also told Mulbah that based on the MOU which was ‘criminally executed’, Stanley proceeded to Monrovia, where he hired a truck and loaded the equipment that was under the court’s authority, from Sackie Town. However, the truck was later arrested at the gate of Sethi Brothers Steel Rod Plant (Sethi Ferro Fabrik) near Jamaica Road, “after the would-be buyer was cautioned about their criminal involvement to purchase those stolen items.”That truck had been ordered released by the Criminal Court ‘C’ in Monrovia after the matter was transferred there.Karnley further explained that, in his communication, he asked Mulbah to conduct an investigation into the said transaction involving Superintendent Robinson and Stanley and to forward his findings in his office for prosecution, “so that it can serve as a deterrent against persons who would want to criminally take and carry away private properties of others.”But, Karnley claimed that Mulbah did not conduct the investigation when Robinson and Walker unilaterally decided to sell the scrap to Sethi Brothers when they were arrested.Sethi Brothers is the only authorized buyer of scrap metal in Liberia.For Armstrong, he said, before the arrest of the ‘scrap metals’ equipment, on March 9, 2012, he entered into the sale agreement with Euro-Liberia Logging Company.Armstrong also claimed that as part of the agreement he paid US$117,000 for several types of equipment owned by the company, “which is now considered as scrap metals equipment.”“These are not scrap, they are new equipment that I paid US$117,000 for, so Tyler should not say it is a scrap,” Armstrong said.According to Armstrong, Tyler cannot say he does not know about him being the owner of the equipment.“Because, at one time, my then lawyer and now Justice Minister Frank Musa Dean and I were invited by Tyler, who was by then Speaker, to discuss the equipment,” Armstrong further alleged.Armstrong also said, before taking over the assets of Euro Logging Company, another company, ITALGEMS had entered into a social contract agreement with the citizens of Sackie Town.However, Armstrong claimed that ITALGEMS operated in the county for six months and subsequently sold their equipment to Euro Logging Company, who later sold the equipment to him.“If ITALGEMs did not adhere to the terms and conditions of the contract, the only legal operation for the county administration was to issue a lawsuit against ITALGEMs and not to sell the equipment that I had purchased,” Armstrong said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) County Attorney Karnley of Bomi accused J. 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La Mirada returns incumbent to office

first_imgVoter turnout was 10.3 percent. Dames, 69, and Malkin, 62, were elected to fourth terms, while Jones, 59, was elected to his third term. This should be Malkin’s last four years on the council. During the campaign, he said he doesn’t plan to run again. The results were not a surprise, Dames said. “It’s very difficult to beat an incumbent,” he said. “An incumbent would almost have to screw up.” LA MIRADA – Concluding a no-frills campaign, voters on Tuesday returned incumbents Pete Dames, Steve Jones and Hal Malkin to the City Council, where each will serve another four years. The three defeated 28-year-old substitute teacher Mark Del Pino, who ran a youth-oriented campaign. He had called for more diversity on the La Mirada City Council and said his youth would have brought a different perspective to the body. He also had hoped to overcome a lack of name identity through use of his MySpace Web site, some signs and word of mouth. He favored creating more park space and new recreational programs for youngsters not into sports. Malkin received 2,098 votes and 31.4 percent of the vote, Jones, 2,037 and 30.4 percent, and Dames, 1,951 votes and 29.1 percent. Meanwhile, Del Pino was limited to 591 votes and 8.9 percent, according to unofficial results Tuesday. In addition to win, you need to be visible and contribute to the community.” The last incumbent to lose in La Mirada was Ken Jones in 1986. Jones had some advise for Del Pino. “If he’s really serious (about running), he needs to do some volunteer work or apply for a commission,” he said. Challengers also have it difficult because things are going well in La Mirada, Jones said. “Our challenge is to remain vigilant to make sure things keep going well.” Malkin said the goal during the next four years will be to complete projects, such as the aquatic center, move of Home Depot and a new residential project on Alondra Boulevard. “We’ve got a lot of stuff on the plate,” Dames said. The three incumbents each spent between $1,500 and $1,800, choosing not to raise any money. Instead, they relied on money left over from past campaigns. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Speedup to digital is urged

first_img Nick Kolovos, a director and counsel for government relations at the Information Technology Industry Council, said setting a hard date to free the spectrum will bring more competition to the broadband market, particularly in remote and underserved areas. Right now, he said, people only have two choices for high-speed Internet services – cable or DSL service provided by the phone companies. “This is a third pipe into the home, and competition is obviously good for increasing broadband deployment rates and bringing down prices,” Kolovos said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Current law calls for broadcasters to make the switch to all-digital transmissions – which promise sharper pictures and sound – by late 2006, or when 85 percent of households have the ability to receive digital signals. But there’s confusion about how to count that 85 percent, so Congress plans to set a so-called “hard date” for the conversion to all-digital. The coalition urged Congress to set the earliest possible deadline, but said it should be no later than Jan. 1, 2009. “New and innovative technologies that will help meet the goal of universal, affordable broadband access are already being developed and readied for early deployment in this spectrum,” said the letter from the High Tech DTV Coalition. Members include Microsoft, Intel, Dell, Cisco Systems and the Information Technology Industry Council. The letter was being sent to members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. The Senate committee plans to take up the legislation next week, and the House panel is likely to take it up the following week. Discussions have focused on late 2008 or an early to mid-2009 deadline. WASHINGTON – Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates and other industry leaders urged lawmakers Friday to speed the transition to digital television in order to free up radio spectrum for wireless broadband services, especially in rural and poor areas. In a letter to House and Senate lawmakers, high-tech officials said the spectrum would reap enormous benefits for consumers and the economy. The letter also stressed the need to clear the spectrum to improve police, fire and other first-responder radio communications. Some of the frequencies that would be vacated in the transition from traditional analog to digital TV were promised to public safety officials in 1997. The rest of the spectrum would be auctioned by the government. It’s been valued by congressional officials at $10 billion, though industry puts the estimate as high as $30 billion. last_img read more