Thu. Jan 23rd, 2020

MOJ suspends two officials after money laundering raps

Two officials from the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) faced 30-day suspension without pay after facing several charges including money laundering.

MOJ served separate notices of suspension to Police Lieutenant Clifton Soalablai and his wife, Administrative Officer II Margie Ngirmidol of the Bureau of Public Safety (BPS) after they were implicated in a money laundering case.

The suspension notices, which were issued on June 10, 2019, were carried out after thorough deliberation by some directors and management officials of the MOJ together with Justice Minister Raynold Oilouch, according to MOJ Chief of Staff Earnest Ongidobel.

The suspension was pursuant to the Public Service System Regulations, the notices indicated, and effective for 30 days beginning June 10 until July 19. As the two officials’ case is still pending court decision, the suspension remains subject to extension until an actual court decision on the case will be issued, according to the notices.

“While you are innocent until proven guilty, these charges are extremely serious, and have brought unwarranted shame and negative criticism to the Bureau of Public Safety/Ministry of Justice and everyone in law enforcement,” the notices read, explaining further that if the court comes up with a decision prior to the expiration of their suspension, an action will be taken by the ministry depending on the outcome of the case.

Soalablai and Ngirmidol were arrested by authorities on June 5, 2019 over charges of Theft of Government Property in the First Degree, Money Laundering, and Misconduct in Public Office. They were previously released on bail after Soalablai paid $1,000 and Ngirmidol paid $500. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)