After protesting for months against the judgment of the Civil Law Court that ordered the former executives of the Liberia Scrap Association (LSA) to surrender control and assets to the new leadership, the group has now complied with the court’s decision.
They changed their mind when they realized that the Supreme Court in 2015 supported the decision of the Civil Law Court, endorsing the results of its National Elections Commission (NEC), announcing Aylmer Johnson winner, a decision the former leaders had challenged and vowed not to turn over to Johnson power and assets belonging to the institution.
The Supreme Court also threatened to hold the former leaders in contempt of court if they were to persist in their refusal to comply with the decision.
Assets that have already been turned over to the jurisdiction of the court include a welding machine, a copy of the association’s articles of incorporation, a digital camera, letter from the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy (MLME), two vehicles donated by the association, which have been at the center of the controversy.
The former leaders have endorsed the result of the National Election Commission (NEC).
The Supreme Court also asked the Civil Law Court to conduct an investigation and subsequently report back to it within 60 days to ensure that the former executives have complied with its instructions.
Confirming their compliance, a court document in the possession of the Daily Observer, reads, “on the 18th and 2nd of August and September 2016, respectively, the office of the Sheriff received copies of a court’s order dated August 18 on some persons, organizations and officials in arrears and indebted to the Liberia Scrap Association (LSA), that the Sheriff’s office should collect all real properties, tangible and intangible assets. As a result of this communication, the former officials have turned over to the office of the Sheriff those items.”
It concluded that “Mr. Amadou Kamesoko, former vice president, has turned over a folder of documents belonging to the association. So far these are the only properties that were served as per the order of August 18.”