Ex-CBL Governor Weeks Decries Gov’t’s Flagrant Rights Violation

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State prosecutors, led by Solicitor General Syrenius Cephus (left) have issued a third indictment against former CBL Executive Governor Milton A. Weeks (right).

Lawyers representing former Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), Executive Governor, Milton Weeks have decried Criminal Court ‘C’ at the Temple of Justice for allowing state prosecutors to use it (court) as a vehicle through which the government flagrantly violates the dignity and fundamental right of individuals including the right to a speedy trial.

They further contended that by keeping him (Weeks) restrained indefinitely without any effort to prove the crimes charged in keeping with due process of law constitutes a violation of his rights under the law.

His legal team made this contention immediately after state prosecutors secured the third consecutive indictment against him and several other former employees of the bank, including four former members of its Board of Directors.

Weeks together with the former chairman of the board of governors, David M. Farhat, Melisa Emeh, Kollie Tamba and Elsie Dossen Badio, all former Board members, were indicted with multiple crimes that include economic sabotage, revenue fraud misuse of public money, theft and illegal disbursement of public money among others.

Others include t Director for Operations, Richard Walker; Director for Finance Department, Dorbor Hagba; and Deputy Director for Internal Audit, Mr. Joseph Dennis. They were indicted in connection to the disappearance of the controversial missing LD$16b.

Surprisingly, not a single member of the former Board of Directors has surrendered to the court, neither has any of them been arrested and placed under the jurisdiction of the Court despite a writ of arrest to have them brought involuntarily before the Court to answer charges proffered against them by state prosecutors.

In a motion for ‘Advancement of Case on the Court’s Docket,’ lawyers representing Weeks contended that the government repeatedly indict, arrest and seek his detention on account of the self-same allegations and related charges without trial does not only violate his dignity and freedom of movement, the action is also tantamount to prosecution and wanton disregard for his right to a speedy trial and it requires the court to exercise its good and sound discretion to advance the case on the docket to enable the prosecution prove its case while equally providing the accused the opportunity to defend himself against charges contained in the indictment.

“This court needs to exercise its dissection to advance the case on the docket for hearing during the May Term, as was originally scheduled,” the Weeks’ request said. It continues, “It will send out a clear message to the prosecution and the general public that the court cannot be used or seen to be used as a vehicle through which the state flagrantly violates the dignity and fundamental right of individuals including the right to speedy trial by keeping them restrained indefinitely without any effort to prove the crimes charged under the required standard of proof.”

Further, according to defense lawyers, the only remedy available to Weeks is to curtail and abate the state prosecutors deliberate dilatory tactics and continuous violations of his right to a speedy trial is to move the court to advance the underlying action on its docket for the May Term, “so that this court may for the cause shown and in its sound discretion, advance the case on the docket for timely hearing preferably during the term so that fair, impartial and speedy trial can be accorded all parties the state and defense”.

Weeks’ defense team also argued that the June 8, 2020 indictment issued against Weeks by the Grand Jury for Montserrado County, makes it the third time that state prosecutors have issued, served and returns served on him in more than a year without any serious attempts to prosecute the case and or grant him speedy trial as required by Article 20 (a ) of the 1986 Constitution and laws of the country.

Article 20 (a) states that “No person shall be deprived of life, liberty, the security of the person, property, privilege or any other right except as the outcome of a hearing judgment consistent with the provisions laid down in this Constitution and in accordance with due process of law. Justice shall be done without sale, denial or delay; and in all cases not arising in courts not of record, under courts-martial and upon impeachment, the parties shall have the right to trial by jury.”

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  • Anthony Kokoi is a young Liberian sports writer who has an ever-growing passion for the development of the game of football (soccer) and other sports. For the past few years, he has been passionately engaged in reporting the developments of the game in the country. He is an associate member of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL). He is a promoter of young talents. He also writes match reports and makes an analysis of Liberian Football.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Weeks should understand that he needs to “Fart, let them smell it,” as was in the case of Charles Sirleaf who paid the hard way (the secret withdrawal of money from Sirleaf’s personal bank account by the same prosecutors for Sirleaf’s release and the subsequent withdrawal of his case by the prosecution). In other words, Weeks needs to bribe them whether or not he is guilty because this is all they want. They are corrupt to the core. You pay you are set free, you don’t pay they will keep indicting you with trumped up charges until you pay. A hint to the wise is quite sufficient.

  2. What nonsense’. When will Liberians learn to stop this corrupt practice for getting by? Weeks is an Honorable Gentleman and will never stoop so low. Mr. Pay Me Weah or whoever you are, SHAME ON YOU’.

  3. Mr. Cooper, I guess you are living on the Moon and not in Liberia. The government is corrupt. Have you forgotten, 16 billion Liberian dollars of the people’s disappeared, and $25 million U.S. dollars intended for the people are still unaccounted in a poor country like Liberia? Do you expect anyone with sense will get justice in such an atmosphere? High officials get killed and the police cannot find their assailants,judges rule in favor of the highest bidder, and I can go on and on.

    Mr. Cooper, the “SHAME” you talk about is not on “ME”, it’s on you because you are not thinking outside the bubble. You still live in the Liberia of the past when bankers in Monrovia will not dare going into depositors account and withdrawing money without the knowledge and consent of depositors. Everything today has changed. Footballer has become president, Messenger is now Minister and Wheelbarrow boys have now been elevated to the positions of directors of autonomous agencies, while Ministers of the Gospel have propelled themselves as Politicians, and I can go on and on. “Smell the coffee” my brother and realize that Liberia has changed for the worst. Only God can safe us from this national disaster. The sooner “Weeks fart, the quicker his case will disappear as was done in the case of Charles Sirleaf.

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