Finance Minister in Trouble with S/Court

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    After arbitrarily (randomly) reducing the 2013/2014 budget of the Judicial Branch of Government, the Supreme Court of Liberia has summoned Finance Minister Amara Konneh and all of his  deputies.

    In a release dated April 15, 2014, the High Court said Minister Konneh, his deputies and the Acting Comptroller-General have been instructed to  appear before the Full Bench of the Honorable Supreme Court today, Wednesday, April 16, by 9 a.m.

    According to the release, the Finance Ministry’s executives are to show cause, if any, why they should not be held in contempt for “arbitrarily reducing the 2013/2014 budget of the Judiciary in total violation of the Judiciary and Financial Autonomy Act.”

    The Ministry’s officials, according to the Supreme Court, have been advised to appear along with their lawyers as they will be required to comment on their “reported deliberate” refusal to make available 10% of the cost to the implementation of the “New Jury” law, which action, they (the Supreme Court) said, has resulted in the non-application and enforcement of the law.  

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