LFA Chief Bility Disqualification to Court of Arbitration

The Editor,

FIFA’s Electoral Committee disqualified Musa Bility based on their findings and the “multitude of proceedings” that were brought against him! So what part of “multitude of proceedings” does Bility not understand? (Re “LFA Chief Bility Detests Disqualification to Court of Arbitration”)

Sure, Bility is entitled to due process, but here are some of the “multitude of proceedings” brought against him:

1) There’s an on-going FBI investigation of bribery and corruption against FIFA officials, including Bility, who accepted bribe money to vote for Qatar to host the World Cup!. Bility deposited the money in a Swiss Bank, so the FBI is waiting for him to go Switzerland to be arrested! (Re “Liberia’s football Chief Bility Probe in Wake of FIFA Scandal”, Frontpageafrica)

2) Bility was indicted, but never convicted for tax evasion! That means a grand jury evaluated the evidence against Bility and determined that there is probable cause to believe that Bility is a tax cheat! (Re “Gov’t Takes Bility to Court for Tax Evasion, Heritage Newspaper)

3) Bility was indicted, but never convicted for stealing from the Liberian people! That means that a grand jury evaluated the evidence against Bility and determined that there is probable cause to believe that Bility is liable! ((Re “Liberia Indicts Ellen Crookum, Musa Bility, LBDI, FIB Diaspora Consultants, Other”, Frontpageafrica)

As you can see, Bility was indicted twice, but never convicted. But we all know that where there’s smoke, there’s fire..

But Bility says that none of the legal issues brought against him in Liberia led to a guilty verdict. Ok, so what?

In most criminal cases, the prosecution (government) bears the burden of proof and is required to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt, and in some cases, they (prosecution) may be unable to do so for a variety of reason (s)..Hint: 99.99999 of the crooks in Liberia never get convicted in the Criminal Court C when Judge William K Ware is presiding!

But people with common sense, including FIFA’s Ad-hoc Electoral Committee, can look at the evidence (things that we know and see with our own two eyes, like Bility’s pattern of crooked behavior) and have opinions about the case, regardless of the judge or jury’s verdict.

For example, Liberia leads Africa in corruption, but 99.9999 of the crooks are NEVER found guilty!

In 2008, a jury found Snowe, Divine and Gyude not guilty of stealing!

In 2009 or 10, I met then Senator Divine, in Atlanta. And he told me that, on any given day, he’d go to work (LPRC) and see a brown envelope stuffed with US$15,000 on his desk! It was a kickback, but who cares? Of course Divine took the money!

But did our government (prosecution) ever prove in the court of law that Divine receive kickback (corruption)? Hell no! Does that mean Divine isn’t corrupt in the court of public opinion? Hell no. You and I know…!

Back to Bility.

Bility’s verdict of “not guilty” or “innocent” inside a court room doesn’t mean jack!. All it means is, that government was unable to prove that Bility was guilty beyond a reasonable doubt!

But outside the court room, there’s no beyond a reasonable doubt standard for Bility. FIFA’s investigators can disqualify Bility based on their findings and “the multitude of proceedings” that were brought against Bility.

Martin Scott,
Atlanta, Georgia

Pic: Musa Bility

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