Counselor David A. B. Jallah pulled no punches when he delivered to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf his comprehensive and no nonsense report last weekend on allegations by the National Security Agency (NSA) of money laundering, counterfeiting, illegal arrest and conspiracy to defraud , involving some Korean nationals, a Lebanese and the NSA. Counselor Jallah was head of a Special Independent Committee (SIC) constituted by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to investigate the matter. In his report to the President, Cllr. Jallah and his Committee recommended that the NSA operatives who were directly involved with the arrest of the Korean and Sierra Leonean nationals, and co-conspirators, be handed over to the Ministry of Justice for prosecution.The NSA operatives were unnamed but the Jallah Committee further recommended that appropriate administrative action be taken against those involved. The NSA is headed by the President’s step son, Fumba Sirleaf.The President received the Committee’s Report and immediately forwarded it to the Ministry of Justice for review and appropriate actions, including all of the recommendations contained in the report. These recommendations are to be taken into consideration consistent with law.The background of the case is that on July 8, 2014 some Koreans were arrested by NSA officers at a guest house on Old Road, Monrovia. In their complaint to the court following the incident, they alleged that during their arrest, their money, amounting to US$247,500 and other valuables, including their wallets containing money and credit cards, were confiscated by the NSA officers. This was done without a search warrant.In a release subsequently issued, the NSA claimed that the money seized from the Asians was counterfeit. But the Koreans maintained that the money had been transferred from their home in South Korea to the International Bank (IB) in Monrovia. It was upon receipt of the money from IB that the Koreans said they proceeded to the Old Road guest house where the NSA arrested them.In its recommendations, the Jallah Committee said administrative action should be taken against the five NSA officers involved in the case; that they be prosecuted by the MOJ; and that GOL refund to the Korean nationals the full amount of US$247,500 which they withdrew from IB on July 8, 2014.Though we have not yet seen the report, we think we can safely conjecture that Cllr. Jallah, being a reputable lawyer and dean of the University of Liberia’s Louis Grimes School of Law, must have contacted the IB to ensure that the money in question was legitimate and not counterfeit. After all, since Jallah headed a Presidential Investigative Committee, IB’s ethical principle of confidentiality did not apply.We believe the President, who has herself admitted that corruption in both government and the Liberian society is “endemic,” has an excellent opportunity to set an example by prosecuting the NSA operatives involved in offenses which clearly are in violation of the Liberian Constitution and ethical principles governing all government institutions.What is surprising to us at this point in time is that the Director General of the National Security Agency, Fumba Sirleaf, has not yet resigned, knowing full well how badly his Agency has embarrassed his own government, and more particularly, his mother, the President. Though he may or may not have been personally involved in the scandal, the fact remains that he is the head of the NSA and should, therefore, take personal responsibility for all that happened.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
158cm max dimensions (length + width + height) on flights to/from Brazil, Argentina, Canada & US300cm max dimensions on flights to all other destinations 1 carry on bag + 1 personal item for economy2 pieces of baggage for First and Business ClassUp to $70 (£53) per item depending on route What about the laptop ban?Qatar Airways say that laptops and laptop bags are considered part of the hand luggage allowance and are not personal items. Their hand luggage policy has changed recently as a result of the UK’s ban on laptops and tablets in cabins. This electronics ban affects direct flights to the UK from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. Find the full facts here.Want to compare Qatar Airways luggage restrictions with other popular airlines?Take a look at our table of major European airlines’ baggage allowances.How to beat the Qatar Airways baggage feesFollow these tips to ensure you and your bags make it on board Qatar Airways flights without a hitch..1. Invest in smart packing accessoriesAlways the last one to finish your packing? There are tons of luggage accessories on hand to improve your efficiency these days, so make use of them. It’s not just about rolling your clothes anymore, there are nifty little compartments called packing cubes that could literally shave minutes off your holiday prep, and leave you with more time to celebrate with a cheeky glass of wine at the airport. And who can argue with that? Check out more handy travel accessories, from passport wallets to tangle-free jewellery cases, in our guide. 2. Pack your laptopUnlike airlines like Flybe and Aer Lingus, laptops and laptop bags are not counted as a ‘personal item’ on Qatar Airways flights, so you might get threatened with an excess baggage fee if you bring them on separately. Pack your computer or tablet inside your cabin bag, within the correct dimensions, even if you want to crack out Minecraft as soon as you’re in your seat. Qatar Airways hold luggage allowance: weight, size and fees Qatar Airways cabin bag sizeQatar Airways hand luggage weight allowanceNumber of bags allowed on boardCost to check in oversized hand luggage ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepartReturnCabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map No matter which airline you’re flying with, here are complete guides to baggage rules and restrictions for the UK’s biggest airlines, including easyJet, Ryanair, British Airways and Jet2.How to buy the perfect hand luggage bagWe’ve got tips from all the frequent flyers at Skyscanner, as well as globe-trotting travel bloggers, so escape baggage fees and go hand luggage only with these top cabin bags.What liquids can you carry in your hand luggage?Here’s a no-nonsense guide to what liquids you can carry in your hand luggage when flying to and from UK airports, along with all of the exceptions.Gadgets you can’t travel withoutWe bring you the best gadgets for business travel and frequent flyers, handy travel accessories for beach holidays, top in-car tech for road trips, plus space-saving gadgets for backpackers.Information correct as of 12th August 2018, obtained from https://www.qatarairways.com/en-gb/baggage/allowance.html and https://www.qatarairways.com/en/baggage/excess.html. Please always check the latest guidance at https://www.qatarairways.com/en-gb/baggage/allowance.html and https://www.qatarairways.com/en/baggage/excess.html before booking a tripSkyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. 23kg per bag on flights to/from Brazil, Argentina, Canada & US45kg max on flights from Doha, Casablanca, Africa30kg max on flights to all other destinations Hold luggage allowance is freeAdditional bags cost (per kg):$25-$55 online$30-$70 at the airport 50x37x25cm maximum carry on bag dimensions7kg for economy class15kg combined weight for Business and First Class Qatar Airways hold baggage sizeQatar Airways hold luggage weight allowanceNumber of hold bags allowedCost of Qatar Airways hold luggage 5. Pack your heavy clothing near the topWorried your chunky cardi might be tipping your bags over the scale? Pack anything heavy near the top or opening of your bag, so if you do go over-weight, you can always pull it out and wear it over (or under) your outfit. ‘Personal items’ like coats, shawls, umbrellas and the like are totally fine to bring on a Qatar Airways flight at no extra charge – even if you’re carrying something over your arm or around your waist. Pack like a pro, with our best ever tips.Liked this? Try these… 3. Split the loadOn many standard Qatar Airways flights, a single piece of luggage must weigh no more than 23kg in itself. So if you think those souvenir wooden bookends are going to cause a problem on the way home, split your stuff into smaller bags or share with a friend to ensure neither of you exceed the luggage allowance. Of course, flying Qatar Airways first class or business class gives you extra wiggle room of up to 32kg per bag, but if you’re not willing to fork out the extra, we’ve got some other cunning ways you could get an upgrade – and therefore more baggage for free. Qatar Airways hand luggage allowance: weight, size and fees ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 4. Know what to do with sports and musical equipmentThis is a confusing one for many travellers, as different rules apply depending on the type of equipment you’re carrying. Generally, Qatar Airways accepts items like golf clubs, tennis rackets and fishing tackle as part of – not in addition to – your checked baggage allowance, so long as they fit within the size and weight limitations. If you’re bringing bulkier stuff like bicycles they need to be packed in a closed box or bag and go in the hold, but special fees may apply (see the website for more details) if they exceed the baggage restrictions. On the other hand, you’re free to bring a musical instrument into the cabin – but you will need to buy your guitar/accordion/trombone a seat of its very own if it’s too fragile to go in the overhead lockers, or doesn’t fit within the hand luggage allowance. Phew! 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