Liberia seeks trial of UK national over carbon deal

Liberia is seeking to prosecute a British citizen for bribery in a proposed carbon deal that would have given him control of a fifth of the West African country’s rainforests, the government said yesterday.

Liberia began investigating the accord to grant 400,000 hectares of rainforest to British firm Carbon Harvesting Corporation in July after governance watchdog Global Witness said the deal involved fraud.

The accord would have allowed CHC to sell carbon credits from the vast area of forest to companies seeking to offset their emissions on international carbon markets.

CHC’s chief executive Michael Foster was arrested by British police in June and was released without charge.