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Liberian legislators open graft probe into leader

Saturday - 6/21/2014, 2:10pm  ET

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Liberia's House of Representatives is investigating corruption allegations levelled against the president, her son and their allies by her former energy adviser.

In a letter published recently in local newspapers, Christopher Neyor accused President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's son of soliciting bribes in exchange for oil concessions. Neyor said that he was pressured to steal money from the National Oil Company of Liberia, which he once ran, to give to her re-election campaign. He accused the president of trying to "destroy" him because she wants her son Robert to have the Senate seat that Neyor is eyeing.

Liberia's legislature announced Friday it is opening an inquiry.

Sirleaf has been criticized before for putting her relatives in powerful positions.

Neither the president's spokesman nor her son could be reached for comment.


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