Beyslow, Williams Risk Jail

first_imgFormer Minister of Commence Miatta Beyslow along with other former government officials, including former managing director of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC), Nelson Williams implicated in the misapplication of US$5.8m from the sale of the Japanese Oil Grant could likely be sent to jail, if a US$2m bond secured in their favor is disallowed by Criminal Court ‘C.’The bond was filed by the Accident and Casualty Insurance Company (ACIC), but government lawyers are pushing for the court to deny it and allow the defendants to be jailed at the Monrovia Central Prison.The court has not set any date to hear the merit and demerit of the bond.In his exception to the bond, the prosecution alleged that the insurance company that is serving as a surety for the defendants’ bail bond has not shown to the satisfaction of the court any legal authority and or evidence that the company has the ability and capacity to do so.“The Insurance company’s tax clearance, business registration certificate, restated articles of incorporation and independent auditors report and financial statement for the year 2014 attached to the criminal appearance bond are not sufficient to show that ACIC has the capacity and ability to perform the obligation it has undertaken in its criminal bond,” the prosecution claimed.The prosecution further claimed that there is no statement of account(s) of ACIC from any financial institution within the country and outside of Liberia attached to the bond to show evidence that it has the financial capacity to serve as surety as required under law. “The company has filed several bail bonds to secure the release and appearance of many defendants within the country and those cases for which it secured the bail are still pending before various courts in Liberia,” the prosecution noted.The prosecution also alleged that the insurance company has failed to meet the legal requirement of section (d) of the Judicial Order Number One, contending that the law, practice and procedure in the country requires that “any bail bond posted in the case of economic sabotage must be commensurate with the amount charged in the indictment.”“The total amount posted by the defendants as bail is US$2m which is far below the indictment amount of US$5,764,110, therefore the entire bond should be vacated, disallowed and set aside,” the prosecution argued.In their counter argument, defense lawyers said, the Liberian Constitution prohibits the imposition of excessive bail, clarifying that “the posting of the US$2m bond is adequate to ensure that the defendants will be available as and when their presence is required by the court.”According to them, ACIC has met all of the legal requirements to do bond business in the country.“We deny the allegation and confirm that the supporting documents attached to the criminal appearance bond and the affidavit of surety clearly shows that the defendants’ surety, ACIC, has met all the legal requirements and is qualified to be defendants’ surety in the matter,” the defense team insisted.They however pleaded with the court to overrule prosecution’s request and declare the defendants’ bond valid.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sreesanth’s strong message to BCCI: You are not above God, want my livelihood back

first_imgAn irate S Sreesanth on Friday vowed to make a competitive comeback despite BCCI’s decision to appeal against the lifting of the life-ban on the tainted pacer.On Thursday, BCCI decided to appeal to the Division Bench of Kerala High Court against lifting of life ban on the 34-year-old.@bcci I’m not begging ,I’m asking to give my livelihood back .its my right. U guys are not above God. I will play again..?????????????- Sreesanth (@sreesanth36) August 11, 2017″@bcci I’m not begging ,I’m asking to give my livelihood back .its my right. U guys are not above God. I will play again..???????????,” an angry Sreesanth wrote on his twitter page.C mon @bcci this is worst u can do to anyone that too who is proven innocent not just once but again and again..don’t know why u doing this?- Sreesanth (@sreesanth36) August 11, 2017″Cmon @bcci this is worst u can do to anyone that too who is proven innocent not just once but again and again..don’t know why u doing this?,” he lamented further.@bcci pic.twitter.com/xl53bPD2an- Sreesanth (@sreesanth36) August 11, 2017Sreesanth was banned for life by the BCCI for his alleged role in the IPL spot-fixing in 2013. Last Monday, a single judge bench of the Kerala High Court had passed an order that the bowler’s life-ban be lifted.However, the BCCI is firm on its stand that they will not allow the speedster to make an immediate comeback.Sreesanth has played 27 Tests, 53 ODIs and 10 T20 Internationals for India with his last international appearance being in August 2011.advertisementlast_img read more

Cosmos to Honor Samaras on Greek Heritage Night

first_imgNEW YORK— On May 28, the defending North American Soccer League (NASL) champion New York Cosmos will be hosting Greek Heritage Night to celebrate Greek culture and traditions and recognize former Greek National Team member Georgios Samaras, who plays for RAYO OKC FC (Oklahoma City) the Cosmos’ opponent in Saturday night’s match at 7pm at the James M. Shuart Stadium in Hempstead on the campus of Hofstra University. The Cosmos Greek Heritage Night will include a match between the Pancyprian Freedoms and NY Salamina prior to the Cosmos-RAYO OKC match. Local Greek-American soccer clubs will also be honored prior to the game. At halftime, Greek dancers will perform and Greek food will be available as well at the event.Tickets and more information are available online at www.nycosmos.com and tickets can be purchase prior to the game at the ticket booth at Shuart Stadium.Currently, the Cosmos sit atop the NASL Spring Season standings with two games remaining and are undefeated this season at home (4-0).The original New York Cosmos team was founded in 1970, but after the dissolution of the original North American Soccer League in 1984 and one season in Major League Soccer, the team was dissolved in 1985. The resurgence of interest in soccer brought the New York Cosmos back in 2010 and since then, the team has found success in the new North American Soccer League. The team won the Soccer Bowl in 2013 and 2015, and is the defending NASL champion, hoisting the North American Supporters’ Trophy in 2015.Photo courtesy of New York Cosmos.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more