Impeached Associate Justice Ja’neh Speaks Out

Impeached Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh

-- Says ECOWAS Court’s decision should be respected

Impeached Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh, after keeping silent for some time with the hope that the Government of Liberia would respect the adjudication of the impeachment proceedings by the ECOWAS Court, has stepped up, demanding that he be reinstated.

In March 2019, the Legislature, beginning with the House of Representatives and later the Senate, impeached Justice Ja’neh after an impeachment bill was introduced and sponsored by Representatives Thomas P. Fallah and Acarous Moses Gray.

In his recent interview with Kool FM, a radio station in Paynesville, near Monrovia, Ja’neh said it is time the administration of President George Manneh Weah respects the ruling from ECOWAS Court and reinstate him as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia.

“I will not rest until the Government of Liberia complies with the regional court’s ruling. I want to be reinstated in my position and I will make sure, with the backing of the law, that everything contained in the ruling is complied with,” he said on Tuesday, September 7.

Ja’neh, in the interview said he will take the Weah-led government back to the ECOWAS Court, should they fail to adhere to the ruling rendered in his favor.

Cllr. Ja’neh’s removal was adjudged illegal (unconstitutional) by the regional court. His impeachment was presided upon by his former colleague and boss, Chief Justice Korkpor.

The ECOWAS Court in its judgment found the government guilty and asked that US$25,000,000.00 (Twenty Five Million United States Dollars) be paid to Ja’neh as compensation and ordered the Republic of Liberia to restore him to his position of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia.

In his radio interview Tuesday, Ja’neh noted that the regional court ruled that the Government of Liberia’s action to remove him was illegal and had no basis in the law.

He further noted that the court instructed the Liberian government to pay him US$200,000 and make retroactive payment of his salary and benefits, an action holding the Liberian government responsible for “Committing a moral prejudice and therefore they should reinstate him.”