"I Didn't Solicit Bribe" says Abdulah Dunbar

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  1. galanga

    galanga New Member

    "I Didn't Solicit Bribe": Liberia’s Deputy Chief of Mission, USA, from The Analyst (Liberia), August 25, 2005.
  2. uncle janko

    uncle janko member

    "From all indications..."--and he's talking about himself!
  3. DaveHayden

    DaveHayden New Member

    "I NEVER demanded nor solicted them." How about accepted them Abdulah?! :D
  4. DesElms

    DesElms New Member

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  5. Jack Tracey

    Jack Tracey New Member

    This was the first thing I thought as well. I suppose it is worse to actually solicit bribes but even if all he did was to accept the bribes that were offered he still broke the law.
  6. Bill Huffman

    Bill Huffman Well-Known Member

    Read carefully, he didn't demand brides but perhaps did demand bribes. :D
  7. John Bear

    John Bear Senior Member

    The Secret Service apparently videotaped the meeting in which the bribe was solicited. If so, then I guess his next defense will be that it is not he in the film, but the heads were transplanted or something.
  8. sunshine

    sunshine member

    Don't hold your breath waiting for a conviction.

    Liberia "is without a Code of Conduct for Public Officials, an Anti-Corruption Act and Commission, … an Independent Judicial Commission that plays a lead role in the selection and removal of judicial officials, that ensure the independence of the Judiciary and divorce it from any political influence, or other systems that could address many of the ills of the society. Heretofore, no examples have been made of people who indulge in corrupt conduct or efforts made to prosecute them and expose their corrupt earnings to seizure, whether in or outside Liberia. This failure, in our view, was caused by the lack of an adequate governance system, the elements of some of which we have stated herein, and these have encouraged the further perpetration of corruption in the Liberian society."

    [paragraph h]
  9. Alan Contreras

    Alan Contreras New Member

    If Dunbar is a U.S. citizen, Liberian law is not a factor. If Dunbar is a Liberian citizen, he can be expelled, even as a diplomat, as persona non grata.
  10. sunshine

    sunshine member

    Liberian law is very much a factor. If the payment to Dunbar was lawful under the laws of Liberia, it's not illegal under the FCPA for Novak to pay the money.

    See, e.g., this summary brochure by the DOJ: http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/fraud/fcpa/dojdocb.htm
  11. Jack Tracey

    Jack Tracey New Member

    You may be right, after all, you're the expert on Liberian law. Regardless of that, he'll lose his job, his reputation and will probably go totally broke paying his legal defense fees. At that he'd be getting off easy.

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