At long last, Justice Minister and Attorney General Benedict Sannoh and his Solicitor General Cllr. Betty Lamin Blamo have dished out an undisclosed amount to former senior prosecutor, Attorney Sam Solomon, as payment for seven years and four months arrears by the government of Liberia.
Although the amount contained in a check the court presented to Atty. Solomon yesterday was not disclosed, it was, however, revealed that the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) gave the check to Justice-in-chamber at the Supreme Court Justice Kabineh M. Ja’neh for onward presentation to Atty. Solomon.
Atty. Solomon maintained his calls for his remunerations, which the MOJ admitted owing, amounting to US$143,905.88 and LD$1,000,000 respectively.
Second to their admittance, MOJ officials met with Justice Ja’neh on two occasions and made commitments to pay the state lawyer.
Attorney Solomon was mum at yesterday’s presentation ceremony, not talking to reporters and others “because the deal was a compromise, which the government complied to.”
Yesterday’s payment came at the heels of the Supreme Court holding Cllrs. Sannoh and Blamo in contempt for failing “to follow the orders of the court.”
The MOJ sacked Atty. Solomon in 2014 without paying him on grounds that he was never an employee of the ministry despite pleading several cases, including the late General Charles Julu’s treason trial, for the state.
Counselor Sannoh and Solicitor General Counselor Blamo appeared before Justice Ja’neh Monday and presented a check to him.
The court detailed how the former prosecutor filed a complaint before Associate Justice Philip A.Z. Banks, then Justice presiding in Chamber, in 2014.
In his complaint, through a Writ of Mandamus, Atty. Solomon’s legal team pleaded with Justice Banks to compel his employer to pay him his seven years and four months of unpaid salaries because before his appointment to the post of City Solicitor in 2014 he was never paid a monthly wage.
Further to that, the lawyer claimed that their client was a victim of neglect, as he was employed by the MOJ in a letter dated June 20, 2007, assigning him to the Monrovia City Court. “During which time,” they said, “Atty. Solomon was given the rights and privileges to serve for a period of seven years and four months.”
According to the letter, Atty. Solomon made several attempts to bring the matter to the attention of his bosses at the Montserrado County Attorney’s office or the Ministry of justice, but that did not materialize.
Based on that, he was forced to appeal to the Supreme Court for justice because the MOJ exposed him to undue financial hardships and unnecessary embarrassment for which he is entitled to collect his salary benefits in the amount of US$143,905.88 and LD$1,000,000 respectively.