Two senior figures at Liberia’s Central Bank, one of whom is the son of former president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, have been arrested following a probe into reports of missing banknotes, police said Friday.
They were detained just hours after independent US investigators
dismissed rumours that a haul of newly-printed cash that should have
been put in the national reserves had gone missing.
But the firm, Kroll Associates, raised concerns “regarding the
overall accuracy and completeness” of the bank’s internal records and
found evidence of “systemic and procedural weaknesses.
Charles Sirleaf, former deputy bank governor, and Dorbor Hagba,
director of banking at the Central Bank of Liberia, were arrested last
night in connection with reports released on the new banknotes saga”,
police spokesman Moses Carter said on national radio adding that further
arrests were likely.