Lawyers seeking to prosecute former House Speaker and Bomi County District#1 Representative, J. Alex Tyler, who is indicted over his alleged involvement in the Global Witnesses bribery scandal, will today, Thursday, December 15, make available every piece of evidence in their possession to Criminal Court ‘C.”
The decision to produce the evidence came about five months after Tyler’s legal team filed a motion for “Disclosure and Access to Evidence” against the state.
Defendant Tyler, according to the Global Witness, allegedly received bribes in the amount of US$75,000 to change the Liberian law to favor the Sable Mining Company, a UK-based company, to have access to Wologizi Mountain in Lofa County.
Defendant Tyler has denied the charge.
In their request, Tyler’s lawyers argued that they want access to the evidence so that they can adequately prepare to defend their client’s interest during trial.
Section 17.2 of the Criminal Procedure Law provides that “the court, on motion may direct that books, paper, documents or other things designated in a Subpoena Duces Tecum to be produced before court at a time prior to the trial when they are to be offered in evidence and may upon their production, permit such books, papers, documents or other things or portion or part thereof to be examined and copies thereof to be made by the parties and their attorneys.”
Tyler, along with Senator Varney G. Sherman of Grand Cape Mount County, ECB Jones, Christopher Onanuga and Sable Mining Inc were indicted for the commission of the crimes of bribery, criminal conspiracy, economic sabotage, criminal solicitation and criminal facilitation.