James Sirleaf Takes The Stand

The ongoing theft of property case between the Monrovia Oil Trading Company (MOTC) and the General Manager of Ducor Petroleum, Mr. Amos P.K. Brosius continued on Tuesday at the Criminal Court “C”, Temple of Justice, Monrovia, Liberia with Mr. James E. Sirleaf, son of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf taking the witness stand.

During his testimony, Mr. Sirleaf told the court that having being told that Joy Corporation had supplied 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel on December 18, 2012 morning, and a reported theft of assorted products from the LPRC by self confessed culprit Omaru Dumbia of MOTC, he visited BWI in January 2013 to find out whether BWI had decided to discontinue its business relationship with Ducor due to MOTC’s refusal to replace the stolen product for Ducor to supply its customers.

He told the court, that he discovered that BWI had been supplied on December 18, 2012 morning by Joy Corporation on behalf of Ducor Petroleum following five days of delay to supply the customer.

James Sirleaf further said that Joy Corporation used TT-80 (a truck that is jointly used by both Joy Corporation and Ducor Petroleum) to supply their customers to deliver the product to BWI.

Therefore, he concluded that the product that was allegedly stolen is what that could have been delivered to BWI by Joy Corporation.

However, the Ducor Petroleum delivery order that was used to process the would be supply of 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel to BWI indicated that TT-417 lifted the product while the LPRC manifest with several erasing marks on it carried three different truck plate #s namely: TT-817, TT-418 and TT-80 which shows the identity of the actual truck that lifted the product Mr. Sirleaf testified to into serious doubt.

Defense lawyers argued out that the BWI transaction is not the first time that the Joy Corporation supplied customers based on purchase orders raised in the name of Ducor.

They noted that Ducor and Joy Corporation have business relationship amounting to over US$12,000,000.00 (Twelve Million U.S. Dollars) over the years.

When asked by the defendant lawyers as to how much MOTC invested in Ducor to confirm its claim of ownership in the company, the MOTC general manager said he did not know.

Asked as to how much has been misappropriated in Ducor, he like previous MOTC witnesses said he did not know. He said that Mr. Charles Carron, CEO of MOTC told him about it when he was made General Manger of MOTC on  December 1, 2012 during the ownership crisis between MOTC and Mr. Amos P.K. Brosius to which both parties decided on an audit to determine their respective rights.

Some members of the defense team said they believe that the appointment of Mr. James E. Sirleaf as General Manager of MOTC during the crisis period is intended to give undue advantage to MOTC so that MOTC can deposes Mr. Amos P.K. Brosius of his company.

The MOTC witness Cllr. Cyril Jones who is said to have transferred his shares to MOTC has already testified that MOTC did not finance Ducor Petroleum at all. “I only received funds for the business registration of Ducor from MOTC in 2005”, the learned counselor told the court.

Another MOTC witness, Mr. Raju Kunju Kunju earlier on testified in court while on the witness stand that as accountant of MOTC, he has no records of MOTC investment in Ducor for the past eight years.

He said that no profit has been declared by the MOTC on the over 56,000,000.00 (Fifty Six Million gallons) sale of mixed products. Experts on petroleum industry in Liberia have said that a minimum of US$10,000,000.00 (Ten Million U.S. Dollars) could have been realized as sales profit margin on such sales which is why President Sirleaf’s son sees the fight as being worthwhile.

Meanwhile, the judge has assigned the trial to today at Criminal Court “C”.