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Liberia: Notorious Malaysian Company Surfaces in Liberia

Source:  Copyright 2012, Inquirer
Date:  September 26, 2012
Byline:  Charles B. Yates
Original URL: Status ONLINE
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A comprehensive investigation by this paper has unearthed that a notorious Malaysian logging company (Samling) has surfaced in Liberia as a business partner to a Liberian logging company Atlantic Resources.Atlantic Resources is owned by Mr. John Gbessay, a long time business partner of former Liberian President Charles Taylor who has been convicted for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Our investigation further revealed that Mr. Gbessay was one of those behind the notorious Oriental Timber Company (OTC) investment in Liberia that destroyed the Liberian forest and squandered the country's natural resources. OTC is noted for committing gross human rights and environmental abuses in Liberia, Arms trafficking and illegal trade in the sub-region.

Our investigation gathered that Samling Logging Company is destroying forests belonging to the Penan tribe in Sarawak, in the Malaysian part of Borneo. Samling has been operating on Penan land for many years, without ...

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