A probe into a banknote printing scandal in Liberia has resulted in five arrests among senior officials at the National Central Bank.
According to the reports, a Monrovia court ordered former deputy governor Charles Sirleaf (the son of former president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf), ex-bank head Milton Weeks, bank official Dorbor Hagba and two others to be held in jail pending the scheduling of their trial.
All of them are allegedly involved in the case of criminal conspiracy and “economic sabotage” — investigation showed that the group had pocketed some of the proceeds from the local currency printing.
Due to their actions, Liberia, one of the world’s poorest countries, allegedly lost billions of its dollars. Last year the audit companies probed into the handling of some 16bn Liberian dollars ($99 million, 87 million euros) destined for the central bank and investigated that the process was accompanied with money fraud.