Monrovia - After spending several days at the Monrovia Central Prison, 4 of the 20 defendants indicted for alleged involvement in the John F. Kennedy Medical Center financial scandal have filed a criminal appearance bond at Criminal Court C’.
The Liberian Government through the John F. Kennedy hospital indicted several persons including staff of the Hospital, First International Bank and Central Bank of Liberia on Theft of property, economic sabotage, criminal conspiracy and money laundering, among other charges. On Friday, the main suspect defendant Patrick Konuwa filed a penalty value of 34 million Liberian Dollars and US$252,600.12 at the court to secure his release from prison. Defendant Konuwa criminal appearance bond was filed by Sky Insurance Company which according to a prosecutorial source the bond is to be challenged. Also Rebeah Arnaus, James Ricks, and Thomas Mezzah also filed their criminal appearance bond and are expected to appear before the court on an assigned date scheduled in each of the defendant’s criminal appearance bond. The indictees include: Patrick Konuwa, former Accounts Officer of John F. Kennedy Medical Center, Boakai J. Varney, former Senior Budget and Accounts Officer at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center, Arnaus Rabeah, former IT and Database Supervisor of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center, James Ricks, former Clearing Officer of the First International Bank (FIB), Lethia W. Waleh, former Customer Service Officer of the First International Bank (FIB) and Prince Jallah, former Hardware Technician of the IT Department of the Central Bank of Liberia. Others are, Grace Dolly Jallah, former Executive Secretary to the CEO of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center, Fahn F. Borbor, aliases John Fred Kennedy and Henry K. Sambolah, former Production Manager of the Women Voices Newspaper, Thomas G. Tellewoyan, alias John Franklin Kennedy, GIS Assistant, World Resource Institute, Jerry D. Morlu, Caretaker, Ministry of Post and Telecommunications, Ballah Holmes, Thomas Oliver Mezzeh, Benjamin Wlay Dargbe, Jr. and the purported John Freeman Kennedy to be identified, and others to be identified. According to the indictment which is in possession of FrontPageAfrica the defendants conspired to, facilitate, and did do, and commit the crime of Economic Sabotage in flagrant violation of Chapter 15, Sub-chapter “F”, Sections 15.80(a)(b)(c), 15.81 (a)(b)(c ), and 15.82(a)(b)(c),, of the New Penal Law of Liberia. Stated the indictment “That the Defendants herein above named by virtue of their individual and collective roles as narrated, did intentionally, knowingly, willfully and purposely steal, take, convert into their own use the total amount of US$126,300.06(United States Dollars One Hundred Twenty Six Thousand Three Hundred Six Cents) and LD$16,550.416.40 (Liberian Dollar Sixteen Million Five Hundred Fifty Thousand Four Hundred Sixteen 40/100) thereby depriving the John F. Kennedy Medical Center of its use”.