January 27, 2020
By Regina Pratt
As the final address before the Commission of Inquiry continues, State Counsel Musa Mewah has told Justice William Annan Atuguba that, former Vice President Victor Bockarie Foh failed to declare his asset to the Anti-Corruption Commission.
Lawyer Musa Mewah was addressing the Bench on Thursday, January 23, 2020, at the former Special Court premises.
He said they discovered some asset declaration forms in his file that were presented to Parliament after he was appointed as the second gentleman of the Republic in March 2015.
Lawyer Mewa said the former VP acquired 12 property valued US$22, 260,500 (Le175, 215, 000,000) and that the Cabinet Secretariat’s emolument records for VP shows that a total of Le998, 070,350 was acquired within the period 2015 to 2018 as his entitlement.
“I therefore submit that he failed to declare his assets for 4years and live a life style that is more than his emoluments,” he said, adding that it is deposed in the affidavit that he was a businessman for long standing, with no tax returns.
Lawyer Mewah further said that his former errand boy had testified that those property were acquired between 2015 and 2018, adding that the issue must be looked into since he failed to declare his assets.
Counsel representing the erstwhile vice president, Lawyer H.M. Gevao, who addresses the Bench orally said the former VP did not serve for 4, but 3 years.
“Evidence shows clearly in the written address that the former VP acquires some of his property in 2007 to 2012,” Lawyer Gevao said, stating that in 2013 he acquired property located on 19 and 20 Tucker Street in Bo, 112 Tinkonko Road, 6 acres of land at Koribondo Road and built a two storey building in the name of his wife, Mrs. Junta Foh.
He further stated that the former VP acquired his property before his appointment as VP and submitted that all of the values stated were from his ambassadorial salary, adding that US$7,600,00 is a sufficient earning for one to acquire those properties.
“Annual income of the former VP was US$91,200,000 and if you multiply that by three years you will get US$273,600,000 as Ambassador to China,” he argued.