Atty. Sam Solomon, a senior government lawyer has lamented over the delay in addressing his claim of seven years and four months’ salary arrears totaling US$132,000 and LD$1,012,000 against the Ministry of Justice (MOJ).
The Supreme Court early January mandated the MOJ and the Attorney General, Cllr. Benedict Sannoh, to produce within a week, documentary evidences to show that it is not indebted to the former Senior City Solicitor of the Monrovia City Court.
That request was prompted by the MOJ’s contention that it was not indebted to the Senior City Solicitor.
Atty. Solomon, addressing journalists at the Temple of Justice yesterday alleged that since the order the High Court is yet to inform him about the status of his case.
“If the ministry has provided that information, I think the High Court would have communicated with me. But up to present I am yet to get any communication from our final arbiter of justice in the country,” Atty. Solomon stated.
The Attorney, who is a father of six, vowed to fight his case until he can receive his just benefits.
He said he had been silent for a long time but now, he declared, “I am ready to seek my entitlement and nobody is going to deprive me of it.”
It may be recalled that Associate Justice Philip A.Z. Banks, then Justice in Chambers, gave the order during a conference with both lawyers of the Ministry and those representing Atty. Solomon.
He strongly warned that the “Writ of Mandamus” would be issued against the Ministry, as requested by the former prosecutor, if it failed to submit the documentary evidence within two days (48 hours.), which Atty. Solomon is claiming has not happened.
In a motion for mandamus filed by his legal team, the Justice and Public Interest Consortium Africa, Atty. Solomon appealed to the High Court to order the ministry to pay his salary arrears and benefits.
But the Ministry, in counter argument, said Atty. Solomon is not entitled to salary and other benefits because he was not recommended to the Civil Service Agency (CSA) for the preparation of his Personal Action Notice (PAN), which would have made him a legitimate government employee.
The ministry further claimed that it had paid him for the services he rendered when he was at the Monrovia City Court, as one of government’s lead lawyers.