The decision about whether or not convicted former Managing Director of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), Moses Wogbeh, and his colleagues would spend ten years behind bars now rests on the Supreme Court of Liberia.Their legal team has filed an appeal to review the initial ruling of Judge Peter Gbeneweleh of Criminal Court ‘C.’ Judge Gbeneweleh on August 25 found guilty Wogbeh and four of his colleagues, including a surveyor of the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy, of economic sabotage and ordered them to pay US$10,000 each into government revenue within 72 hours.Judge Gbeneweleh also sentenced them to a period of ten years in prison before asking them to restitute US$6m.His action came after government proved that the convicts accumulated from illegal issuance of 61 Private Use Permits (PUPs) that authorized commercial logging activities on 1.2 million hectares of farmland throughout the country.The accused defense counsels, however, are resisting, basing their arguments on Article 20 (b) of the 1986 Constitution, which provides that “the right of an appeal from a judgment, decree, decision or ruling of any court or administrative board or agency, except the Supreme Court, shall he held inviolable.”The defense counsels hold on to that right to appeal against Judge Gbeneweleh’s decision, meaning that Wogbeh and his colleagues will not be jailed or be made to pay a dime to government, unless the High Court look into the merit and demerit of their request.Another important issue in the case is that all of the convicted men are being placed on a criminal appearance bond, which prevents anyone from arresting them, while the High Court has not heard their appeal as provided by law.Therefore, under Article 20 (b) of the 1986 Constitution, the men are enjoying their freedom.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The more than 35 rice farmers of Wakenaam who were left “in a state of insolvency” because of a miller’s failure to pay them have finally been paid.This announcement was made by officials of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB), who had recently launched an investigation into the farmers’ claims after Guyana Times had published a news article, titled “Wakenaam rice farmers’ woes”, highlighting the issue.A team from the GRDB was dispatched to the area and the matter was investigated at length, following which GRDB General Manager Allison Peters had informed that all outstanding sums owed by miller Wazim Hoosein must be paid by July 21.This miller was reportedly contacted, and following talks, agreed to liquidate his outstanding debts. The repayment is currently being monitored until the matter is resolved.This publication had first reported that the Wakenaam farmers were calling for assistance from the authorities because a miller has failed to pay millions of dollars owed to them.It was disclosed that Hoosein, of Jaichand, Essequibo, had in March reportedly purchased millions of dollars in paddy from the farmers, but was recalcitrant in paying his debt. This had left farmers in an impecunious state and both uncertain and unable to proceed with the next rice crop, until the money was paid to them.Speaking with Guyana Times, the farmers had revealed that their lands had been ploughed, but they were awaiting payment to purchase fertilisers, pay bills, and pay their workers. The farmers had lamented the “advantage” being taken of them, as they had contacted Hoosein on numerous occasions but the miller kept ignoring their calls.With their livelihoods at stake, the farmers had resorted to this newspaper to call for urgent assistance from the GRDB. This publication had contacted the miller, but upon hearing that farmers had reached out to this newspaper, he had terminated calls made to him and had made himself incommunicado.A number of farmers who had reached out to this publication for assistance have been contacted, and some have revealed that they have indeed received the money owed to them. They also indicated that they would now proceed with the next crop.
The Premier League’s top clubs are set to join this season’s Carabao Cup in the third round.Manchester City beat Chelsea at Wembley back in February to win the cup last term and are now set to join the competition. Ian Holloway reveals unusual reason he sold Hameur Bouazza at Blackpool Carabao Cup third round draw numbersSeven ties to be played Wednesday, August 28 – Grimsby Town vs Macclesfield Town to be rescheduled after waterlogged pitch1 Arsenal2 Chelsea3 Liverpool4 Manchester City5 Manchester United6 Tottenham Hotspur7 Wolverhampton Wanderers8 Reading9 Crawley Town10 West Ham United11 Oxford United12 Watford13 Swansea City / Cambridge United14 Luton Town15 Brighton & Hove Albion16 Colchester United17 Southampton18 AFC Bournemouth / Forest Green Rovers19 Milton Keynes Dons20 Queens Park Rangers / Portsmouth21 Aston Villa22 Lincoln City / Everton23 Stoke City24 Sheffield United25 Rotherham United / Sheffield Wednesday26 Newcastle United / Leicester City27 Burton Albion28 Burnley / Sunderland29 Nottingham Forest30 Grimsby Town / Macclesfield Town31 Preston North End32 Rochdale on target The likes of Norwich, Crystal Palace, Leeds and Fulham exited the cup in the second round.Now Crawley, Colchester and Oxford will be dreaming of landing a glamour tie in the next round. deals Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more getty OFF 2 BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Carabao Cup draw: Date and start timeThe draw for round one of this season’s tournament was held at a Morrisons supermarket early this summer but tonight’s draw will be more traditional.It will take place on Wednesday, August 28 and will be held pitch-side at Sincil Bank after Lincoln City’s clash with Everton.It should begin at around 9.45pm but will be later should the match go to penalties.Carabao Cup draw: TV channel and live streamThe second round clash between the Imps and the Toffees is live on Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event tonight.The draw will follow immediately afterwards on these channels at the conclusion of the match.Sky customers can follow it via their app and website or fans can get a NOW TV pass to watch the draw live. Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ stalemate rookie error Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:19Loaded: 12.43%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:19 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen latest targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti statement getty What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas The Carabao Cup third round draw will take place tonight 2 LATEST Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Man City won the Carabao Cup last season