The son of the former Vice President of Liberia, Joseph Nyumah Boakai, has been charged with theft of property.
Mr. Joseph Boakai Jr., after being issued a writ of summon, appeared before Stipendiary Magistrate J. Kennedy Peabody at the Monrovia City Court at the Temple of Justice on Capitol Hill Tuesday to answer to the charge levied against him.
According to the writ of summon, the Star oil Company, by and thru its authorized officer, the Defendant received a Toyota Tundra vehicle valued US $140,000 for a rental business during the period of 2017.
The writ added that Defendant Boakai, out of deception, has concealed said vehicle, thus exercising unauthorized control over same with the intent to deprive the Private Prosecutor thereof.
“The alleged act of the Defendant is unlawful, wicked, illegal, criminal and intentional in violation of section 15.51 of the New Penal Code of Liberia there and then the crime herein the Defendant did do and commit,” the writ added.
However, the Defendant, through his Defense Counsel, pleaded with the Court for Pre –Trial Conference which was granted.
According to the Private Prosecution Counsel, Defendant Boakai, during the conference, said he gave US $10,000 and LD$3,000,000 to the Star Oil Company but didn’t take delivery of a receipt.
Cllr. Arthur Johnson said that the Private Prosecutor requested that the Defense Counsel files a Criminal Appearance Bond and the vehicle in question be impounded at the Grounds of the Temple of Justice at about 16hrs yesterday.
However, it was not clear as to whether the Defense Counsel adhered to the request as there was no presence of the vehicle or the Criminal Appearance Bond up to press time yesterday.
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