On May 1, 2009, the Criminal Court of Liberia acquitted former interim president Gyude Bryant of embezzlement charges stemming from his term in office from October 2003 to January 2006. Before his acquittal, Bryant was arrested to ensure his appearance at the proceedings after his defense team failed to convince the court that Bryant should enjoy "presidential immunity" against the charges. The former leader was charged with embezzling $1.3 million following an audit by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which was charged with monitoring the interim government after president Charles Taylor stepped down in August 2003.
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