Liberia body says officials fail to verify assets

Updated at: 10/07/2013 9:05 AM

(AP) MONROVIA, Liberia - Liberia’s anti-corruption commission has accused the country’s defense minister and police director of failing to cooperate with efforts to verify their assets.

Defense Minister Brownie Samukai and Police Director Chris Massaquoi on Monday both denied having failed to cooperate with the commission.

In a report released over the weekend, the commission identified 22 senior officials who had "deliberately refused" to cooperate with its asset verification team, including some who allegedly flouted notices to appear.

The commission also accused three officials of "unexplained wealth accumulation," including a former minister who allegedly could not account for $100,000.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf declared war on corruption when she took office in 2006. Last year, she suspended 46 officials for failing to declare assets, including a son who works at the Central Bank.

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