Forensic investigators from Grant Thornton, a professional forensic investigation firm, contracted by the Government of Liberia to help the Asset Investigation Recovery and Restitution Team (AIRReT) are reportedly contemplating filing a lawsuit against the government of Liberia for being heavily indebted to them and doing little to settle their arrears.
According to information gathered by Bridge Radio, the arrangement that brought the international experts onboard was reached between Solicitor General Cllr. Sayma Cyrenius Cehpus, Minister of State Nathaniel McGill and Finance Minister Samuel Tweah.
AIRReT which comprised a team of investigators was formed by Cllr. Cephus with the mandate of investigating and recovering stolen assets from Past officials of government both at home and abroad.
In August 2019, the foreign forensic investigators met with President Weah who informed them of his government’s Asset Investigation, Restitution and Recovery Team set up to catalyze the fight against corruption.
In a meeting Thursday, August 1, 2019, with officials of the internationally acclaimed Grant Thornton, a professional forensic investigation firm, which is particularly specialized in asset-tracing and recovery, President Weah reaffirmed his burning desire to uncompromisingly fight corruption and those who practice it.
Grant Thronton and the Government were at the time expected to sign a partnership deal through the Asset Investigation, Restitution and Recovery Team under the supervision of Solicitor General Cephus.
Mr. Kevin Hellard, the group’s Head of Insolvency and Asset Recovery, expressed delight in helping Liberia to recover its stolen money.
Neither Cllrs. Cephus nor Arthur could be reached for comments on the matter.