By Tina S. Mehnpaine – Monrovia, Liberia, Saturday, February 1, 2020.
Runaway Liberia’s former Managing Director of the Liberia Airport Authority (LAA), Ellen Kwame Corkrum, has returned to Liberia and appeared to have received a “hug” from the country’s current regime.
Corkrum fled Liberia in 2013 after she was charged with Economic Sabotage, Theft of Property, Criminal Conspiracy and Misapplication of Entrusted of Property and making unauthorized transactions of Government funds from the government account.
Corkrum left Liberia with the help of some top security personnel that were serving under former President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Sirleaf’s administration was categorical on Corkrum’s corruption charges, National Telegraph can confirm.
Corkrum returned to the West African country Thursday, January 30, 2020, at the RIA and was overwhelmingly greeted by a huge crowd, some wearing colorful T-shirts with her picture and her name written on it, and some with people who worked with her during her time at the LAA,
Corkrum return to Liberia commending the George Weah-led government as “government that is able to ensure Justice is administered at every level of our society”
She also praised the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) for vindicating her, dropping all charges against her.”It’s wonderful to be back home and I am grateful to President George Manneh Weah and his team as well as the Liberian people,” she said.
Crokrum was accused of unauthorized transferring of US$56,750 from the account of Liberia Airport Authority (RIA) as the then Managing Director. She was also accused of transferring US$269,000 to a fictitious company, Diaspora Consulting, LLC.
Prior to Corkrum serving as the Managing Director, she also served as a U.S Military Black Hawk assault helicopter pilot, a major in the United States Armed Forces Reserves and a commercial airline pilot. She is a graduate of Harvard University with a Master’s degree in Public Administration. She also holds an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Criminal Court ‘C’ at the Temple of Justice dropped all charges against the former Managing Director. She was indicted by the Grand Jury of Montserrado County in 2013 but all charges were dropped, Monday, December 9, by Judge Nancy F. Sammy after a motion to Nolle Prosequoi the case filed by the prosecution on December 3, 2019.