The four individuals who had been acquitted of drug charges in the $100 million cocaine case have lodged a formal complaint against the Liberian government for their alleged failure to return over $200,000 seized from them.
The defendants, namely Malam Conte, Ahmed Issam Makki, Oliver Zayzay, and Adulai Djibril Djalo, were cleared of charges including unlicensed importation and possession of controlled drugs on May 18, 2023.
However, the Ministry of Justice later admitted that it had possession of the defendants’ money, stating that it amounted to $113,000 and had been deposited in the Central Bank of Liberia.
The Ministry of Justice also filed a writ of prohibition against the defendants and Criminal Court “C” Judge Blamo Dixon before Justice in Chamber Yarmie Quiqui Gbeisay on May 19.
The defendants’ lawyers have requested that the Ministry of Justice be cited for contempt for allegedly failing to comply with the court order.