Philip A. Z. Banks
Former Minister of Justice
Career: Director of Legal and Legal Advisor Affairs, Constitution Commission, 1981-83; Dean, Arthur Grimes School of Law, University of Liberia, 1983-84; Minister of Justice, Interim Government of National Unity, 1990-94; Consultant, Government Reform Commission; Liberian Law Report, 1999-2003; Minister of Justice 2007-09.
Commentary: Banks was dismissed from government in 2009 after he was said to have soft-pedalled the corruption trial of Edwin Snowe, the former boss of the Liberian Petroleum Refining Company and a member of the House. He had also been implicated in an earlier scandal, surfacing after a series of emails, purporting to have been extracted from the account of Willis Knuckles, a confidant to the President and a disgraced former Public Works Minister, forced to resign in 2007 following a sex scandal (AC Vol 48 No 6). The email exchanges show discussions of kickbacks and sweeteners for a deal that
would allow the Liberian International Shipping and Corporate Registry
(LISCR) to extend its management of the national Maritime Registry. Banks was implicated along with Johnson-Sirleaf's brother in law and Legal and Security Advisor, Estrada Bernard and the Commissioner of the Bureau of Maritime Affairs, Binyah Kesselly.
Vol 51 N0 10
Blaming Banks Last year Sirleaf dismissed Justice Minister Philip Banks, who is said to have soft-pedalled the corruption trial of Edwin Snowe, Taylor’s former LPRC boss and a member of the House (AC Vol 48 No 3), who is subject to a UN travel ban and assets freeze...
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If it smells like fish This week, Johnson Sirleaf said she was 'not only embarrassed, buthurt and deeply wounded' by the email scandal, which has also implicated her brother-in-law Estrada Bernard, her Legal and Security Advisor, Justice Minister Philip Banks, and Commissioner of the Bureau of Maritime Affairs Binyah Kesselly...