In his official letter dated February 17, 2021 and addressed to Chief Justice Korkpor, a copy of which is in possession of the Heritage Newspaper, Mr. Singbehasserted that he (Singbeh) was indicted in his official capacity as Secretary of the Liberian Senate along with others for what the Ministry of Justice referred to as the commission of the crimes “Economic Sabotage, Theft of Property, Forgery and Criminal Conspiracy, “through a private prosecutor Hans Armstrong. “That hereto attached a copy of a local daily, the Heritage Newspaper, Vol. 24 No. 35162 Monday, February 8, 2021 Edition with the headline, “Startling Revelation: Assist. Justice Minister Requested for “Bribes” for jurors”.
According to the Heritage Newspaper, a leaked audio, which is in their possession, and can be obtained upon request, Hans Armstrong, tampering with jurors, boastfully revealed that Justice Minister Dean is his lawyers along with Cllr. Tiwaon Gongloe and that Cllr. Wesseh, who is a prosecutor in the case mentioned supra, requested two hundred dollars($200) from him (Hans Armstrong) for the jurors to have others and himself indicted of the crimes we did not commit. Even though he (Armstrong) admitted in the leaked audio that the jurors were about to throw the case out so he gave them the amount requested by Cllr. Wesseh for the jurors,” Mr. Singbeh further asserted in his letter
“Also speaking to the jurors, Mr. Armstrong also promised the jurors that as soon as they read in the newspaper that the writ of arrest is issued on me, he will call back the jurors and will give them more money not in the amount of $20 or $50 as to take them but a very good amount based on their status. That as a result of the unwholesome and unethical behavior of Cllr. Wesseh, I have suffered unjust cause leading to public ridicule locally and internationally thus bringing mental anguish and disgrace to my family and me,” he continued.
“In view of the foregoing, I would appreciate highly were you to intervene and bring this wholesome practice and unethical behavior on the part of Cllr. Wesseh who tends to destroy our earned reputation,” he added However, Assistant Minister Wesseh has since distanced himself from the leaked audio in which he is said to have supposedly requested $200 from Mr. Armstrong as bribe for the jurors. “What I do remember is a request for $200 to procure witnesses and printing costs in the case and not a request to bribe jurors as being perceived and insinuated in the purported leaked audio,” Cllr. Wesseh, while categorically dismissing the leaked audio as a “complete trash” , averred.
Minister Wesseh, who challenged the authenticity of the leaked audio, in a brief chat with this paper recently, wondered why he would request for $200 as bribe for jurors in a $5m case. Meanwhile, the MoJ official, among other things, threw out a challenge to his accusers to back their claims with what he called incontrovertible evidence, and other hand, vowed to prove his innocence in a court of competent jurisdiction or before any judicial investigative panel.