Judge Reverses Guilty Decision

first_imgFive days after government lawyers challenged and threatened to complain to the Supreme Court about Judge Peter Gbeneweleh of Criminal Court ‘C’ over his guilty verdict against some dismissed managers of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), including its Managing Director, Moses Wogbeh, the judge yesterday reversed his decision.Judge Gbeneweleh on August 25 found guilty Moses Wogbeh and four others, including a Surveyor of the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy of economic sabotage and ordered them to restitute the amount of US$6m, which they accumulated from illegal issuance of 61 Private Use Permits (PUPs) that authorized logging companies to operate on 1.2million hectares of farmland, and subsequently sentenced them to five years imprisonment, refusing to follow the ten years as provided under the law.Judge Gbeneweleh who served as judge and jury during the trial declared that “consistent with the relevant provision of the law, this court hereby corrects the portion relating to the restitution, fine and the imprisonment.”He further ordered defendants Moses Wogbeh, John Kantor, Jangar Kamara, David Blayee and Maxwell Gwee to restitute the amount of US$6m to the government as of August 25, 2015.He also fined the defendants US$10,000 each to be paid into government revenue within 72 hours as of the date of the final judgment on August 25, and sentenced them to a period of ten years as of the date of the final judgment.Judge Gbeneweleh instructed his Sheriff to prepare a commitment and place same in the hands of the Sheriff to have them detained for the period of ten years at the Monrovia Central Prison in Montserrado County or any suitable prison facility in the country.However, the convicts themselves were not present in court yesterday when Judge Gbeneweleh changed his decision in the ruling.Judge Gbeneweleh cited Section 23.5 page 385 of the Criminal Procedure Laws, which provides “for correction or modification of sentence,” and Section 15.87 of the Penal Code, which he said, related to fines and restitution.Wogbeh together with his principal deputies John Kantor, Maxwell Gwee, Jangar Kamara and David Blayee (a surveyor at the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy) were accused of multiple crimes, including obtaining and issuing deceptive writings, obstruction of government functions by public servants and economic sabotage.Their action caused government to lose an amount of US$6 million in revenue intake. Instead the defendants claimed that it was their board chair, the former Agriculture Minister Florence Chenoweth, who authorized and approved the issuance of the 61 permits to logging companies.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

From Barcelona to Bahrain via Sociedad: British football managers abroad

first_img David Moyes: Real Sociedad manager 1 David Moyes’ appointment as the head coach of Spanish side Real Sociedad puts him in rare company, as one of a select bunch of British managers to test themselves abroad.Moyes, who was dismissed just 10 months into a six-year contract with Manchester United, agreed an 18-month deal with the La Liga club and will follow in the footsteps of Steve McClaren, who moved abroad to rebuild a reputation damaged in the UK by poor results.Among the list of successful exports to the continent and beyond include John Toshack, Terry Venables, current England boss Roy Hodgson and the late Bobby Robson, who was arguably Britain’s greatest managerial export.Robson, who passed away in 2009, won back-to-back league titles with Dutch club PSV Eindhoven after leading England to the semi-finals at the 1990 World Cup.He then went on to win the Portuguese league and cup double with Porto, before guiding Barcelona to the Spanish Cup, Spanish Super Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup in his only year in charge at the Nou Camp.With that in mind, ahead of Moyes’ first game with the San Sebastian club, talkSPORT takes a look some of the British managers and coaches employed beyond these shores in recent years.Steve McClarenFollowing his ill-fated reign with England, which ended following the Three Lions’ failure to qualify for the 2008 European Championship, McClaren headed to Holland with FC Twente.The Englishman rebuilt his reputation courtesy of a Dutch league title in 2010 and following brief spells at Wolfsburg in Germany and Nottingham Forest, McClaren returned to Twente before being appointed Derby head coach last year.Derby reached the play-off final last season falling to QPR, but are back challenging at the top of the Championship this campaign.Brian DeaneFormer England international Deane, who scored the first ever goal in the Premier League in 1992, was confirmed as the manager of newly promoted Norwegian top-flight club, Sarpsborg 08 FF, in November 2012.They finished third from bottom in Deane’s first season, avoiding relegation after beating Ranheim in the play-off.Chris ColemanThe Wales manager moved abroad to take charge of Real Sociedad, following his dismissal at Fulham in 2007. With the club in fifth place and unbeaten in its previous 11 games, Coleman resigned seven months later citing differences with the club’s newly elected President Inaki Badiola.After a spell with Coventry City, Coleman was appointed manager of Greek side Larissa in 2011, but he stepped down a few months later indicating financial troubles at the club led to his resignation.During his time in Greece, Coleman lost only one game in 12, whereas the club slipped to nine defeats in the next 12 games after he left.Bobby WilliamsonFormer Clydebank, Rangers, West Brom, Rotherham and Kilmarnock striker Williamson turned to management in 1996 and led Kilmarnock to the 1996/97 Scottish Cup.Following spells with Hibernian, Plymouth and Chester, the Scot was appointed the coach of the Uganda national team, leading the team from 2008-2013. During this spell, Williamson led Uganda to the 2011 CECAFA Cup and almost qualified for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, losing on a penalty shootout in their qualifying play off tie against Zambia.After being dismissed, Williamson moved to Kenyan Premier League side Gor Mahia guiding them to their first national league championship in 18 years and in August this year was appointed the manager of the Kenya national team.OthersSteve Kean: Following an unsuccessful spell with Blackburn Rovers, Kean become the manager of Brunei side DPMM in 2013 and was appointed coach of the Brunei national team last month.John Gregory: The current Crawley Town manager moved to Israel in 2009 and was appointed head coach at Maccabi Ahi Nazareth. Six months later the club were relegated and Gregory moved to fellow Israeli side FC Ashdod but resigned a year later with the club facing relegation. In June 2011, Gregory took charge at Kazakh club FC Kairat but his contract was terminated just six months later.Tony Adams: Former Arsenal captain Adams was appointed manager of FC Gabala in Azerbaijan in May 2010 following a failed spell in charge of Portsmouth. In his only full season at the club, Gabala failed to finish in the top six and missed the league’s play-offs in the process.Peter Taylor: England U21 boss between 1995-1999, Taylor also managed the full England national team for one game in November in 2000. The former Leicester boss was appointed as Bahrain manager in 2011 and guided the team to the Gold medal at the 2011 Arab Games but was sacked in October 2012.Peter Reid: Having been out of management for four years, Reid became head coach of the Thailand National team in September 2008 but left 12 months later by mutual consent. The former Sunderland boss is currently in charge of the Indian Super League outfit Mumbai City.Ray Wilkins: The former Fulham assistant boss was announced as the Jordan national team manager in September. In his first two games, he has recorded a win and a draw, both against Kuwait.last_img read more


first_imgMARY WALSHThe death has taken place at Rivercourt Nursing Home, Watford, England of Margaret Mary Walsh, nee Gallagher, formerly of Common, Ardara. Requiem Mass on Thursday April 19th in Holy Rood Roman Catholic Church at 2.45pm, followed by cremation at West Hertfordshire crematorium.DONAL MCGINTY The death has taken place at Letterkenny General Hospital of Donal McGinty, Letterhillue, Cloghan. Removal from McCool’s Chapel of Rest, Naveny Car Park, Ballybofey today at 4pm, going to his late residence. Funeral from there on Friday at 10.15am for 11am Requiem Mass in the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Glenfin, followed by interment in Glenfin Cemetery. Family flowers only please. The House is Private to family and neighbours only, at the request of the deceased.PATRICIA HEALYThe death has taken place at Dungloe District Hospital of Patricia Healy, Meenbanad, Burtonport. Her remains will leave Mc Glynn’s Funeral Home, Chapel Road, Dungloe, today to arrive at St Mary’s Church, Kincasslagh at 7pm.  Funeral Mass there tomorrow, Thursday, at 11am, followed by interment in Belcruit cemetery. Her home is strictly private please.DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2012 was last modified: April 11th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:2012APRIL 11DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR WEDNESDAYlast_img read more