Judge Johannes Zogbah Zlahn of Criminal Court ‘A’ yesterday threatened to order citizens to assist court officers to arrest Police Inspector General Chris Massaquoi and National Security Agency (NSA) Director Fumba Sirleaf, should they fail to appear in court today, November 5.
“IG Massaquoi and Director Sirleaf’s failure to appear on Wednesday, November 5, will lead the court with no alternative, but to issue an arrest order for the sheriffs to be assisted by citizens of this country as required by law,” Judge Zlahn insisted.
He continued, “The clerk of this court is hereby ordered to again issue an order demanding them (Massaquoi and Sirleaf) and their deputies to immediately make the living bodies of Jefferson Sanoe and Alfred Cruwu available on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, at 10 a.m.”
Judge Zlahn noted that his order is in accordance with Chapter 16, Section 16.6 of the Civil Procedural Law.
The decision came after IG Massaquoi and Director Sirleaf refused to show-up on several occasions, insisting they are not compelled to appear before the court.
It all started when Judge Zlahn subpoenaed the two senior security officers for the second time to unconditionally appear before him yesterday.
They were to produce the living bodies of Jefferson Sanoe and Alfred Cruwu detained at the National Police headquarters in Monrovia.
The men were arrested in Gbarpolu County on October 21, allegedly with thousands of United States dollars’ worth of diamonds.
At yesterday’s hearing, only one of the detainees, Alfred Cruwu was seen seated in the courtroom. But, the other man, Jefferson Sanoe is still being held in police custody.
Surprisingly, neither IG Massaquoi nor Director Sirleaf, nor their legal team showed up at the court.
Interestingly, yesterday’s proceeding was suspended and because of their apparent disregard for the court and for wasting everyone’s time, including the detainees’ legal counsel, as well as taxpayers’ money being wasted, the Judge found the two security chiefs in contempt of court.
While everyone was in the courtroom, the judge in strong words stated: “This country is not [the] private property of anyone including NSA director Fumba Sirleaf and Police IG Chris Massaquoi. They are bound by and subject to the law of the land, regardless of however important they think they may be.
“The conduct on the part of the two senior security chiefs does not only constitute a flagrant disrespect for this court and its dignity, but also constitutes a violation of the constitution of this Republic, as well as the statutory law of the country.”