NDS Finance Manager Sentenced for Stealing Malaria Drugs Money

first_imgWesley Jlue, the finance manager of the National Drug Service (NDS), found guilty after confessing that he and his boss, Beyan Johnson, diverted hundreds of thousands of United States dollars generated from the sale of drugs intended to fight against malaria, was last week sentenced to five years imprisonment.The money, Jlue claimed, was withdrawn from what he described as a” “facilitation account,” he and his boss jointly opened at the First International Bank (FIB) to process NDS’ customer discount and to settle other related expenses.Interestingly, the drugs were donated to the government by the Global Fund, the world’s largest financer of anti-AIDS, TB and Malaria programs, which is being managed by the NDS,“Jlue is sentenced to five years imprisonment immediately and is ordered to pay the amount of US$358,366.12 and LD$1,916,495.60,” Judge Yussif Kaba of Criminal Court ‘C” said.  “Same represents double the gains derived from your criminal act.”Surprisingly, Jlue was charged with the commission of the crimes of theft of property and forgery, following a complaint by his boss, Johnson that he (Jlue) singlehandedly opened an account in the name of the institution, where he allegedly transferred hundreds of checks.Jlue’s prison sentence did not take place immediately as it was declared by the court, because his lawyers took serious exception to the ruling and announced an appeal before the Full Bench of the Supreme Court.Besides, the crimes are bailable offences under the law and he is also enjoying a criminal bond, as provided by the law.Granting his appeal, Judge Kaba declared, “exception noted and appeal being a matter of rights, it shall stall the enforcement of this matter.”His decision to appeal against the ruling stemmed from Judge Kaba’s action to deny his request to reverse the unanimous guilty verdict earlier brought against him by the petty jury.As part of that request, Jlue’s lawyers argued that the verdict was contrary to the weight of the evidence produced during the trial.They contended that the facilitation account opened at First International Bank (FIB) was based upon the instruction of the managing director, Beyan Johnson, to process customer discounts and to settle other related expenses, which, according to them, was ignored by the jury.They further argued that the money was only withdrawn by him upon authorization of his boss. However, his boss who brought the charge against him was vindicated from the charges.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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‘It will get better’ for Liverpool, claims McAllister

first_img Liverpool players celebrate victory over Carlisle Liverpool first-team coach Gary McAllister believes performance will improve and results will come following Wednesday night’s League Cup win over Carlisle United.However, the nature of their laboured win at Anfield, needing a penalty shoot-out to beat the League Two side, has done little to ease the pressure on manager Brendan Rodgers.Rodgers named a strong side for the clash, but was dealt a blow in the first-half with an injury to summer signing Roberto Firmino.Danny Ings put the hosts ahead with his second goal in two games, but Carlisle fired back to level before the break, with Liverpool winning 3-2 from the spot after in remained 1-1 after 120 minutes.Adam Bogdan, a free signing this summer, was the hero with three penalty saves to see the Reds into the fourth round of the cup, but Rodgers remains under scrutiny.The club were forced to dismiss reports they had approached veteran Italian and two-time Champions League winner Carlo Ancelotti as a potencial replacement for the struggling manager, but former Kop hero McAllister believes Wednesday’s victory will pull the side together.“When it comes to a penalty shoot-out, there is that coming together of players in the middle of the pitch and we’ve stepped forward and got through,” the Scot said after Liverpool booked a fourth-round date at home to Bournemouth.“We’ve shown that bit of character and we’re delighted for Adam Bogdan, making the saves to get us through.“Maybe this is one of those little things that can just pull us together as we look forward to the weekend [home game against Aston Villa on Saturday].“We want to perform better and that is what we are striving to do, to get that rhythm back we’ve seen in the past.“It will get better. The feeling is that we are working hard at training, we will persevere and we will try to win games and perform well.” 1last_img read more

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