Liberia court acquits former interim president of embezzlement charges Adrienne Lester at 3:35 PM ET
[JURIST] The Criminal Court in Liberia [JURIST news archive] on Friday acquitted former interim president Gyude Bryant [BBC profile] of embezzlement charges. The former leader was charged [JURIST report] with the embezzlement of $1.4 million during his interim presidency, which lasted from October 2003 to January 2006. The charges stemmed from an audit conducted by the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) [official website], the organization that oversaw the interim government of Liberia following nearly 14 years of civil war [GlobalSecurity backgrounder]. Bryant was acquitted for lack of evidence, along with four others [Liberia Star Radio report] including former speaker of the House of Representatives, Edwin Snowe [BBC Backgrounder].
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