Gov’t May Drop Trial Against Parker in over US$800K Case

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The Solicitor General, Cllr. Daku Mulbah, has been instructed to ensure the renewal of the diplomatic passports of Atty. Isaac Jackson and his family.

Unfolding events at the Criminal Court ‘C’ at the Temple of Justice suggests that the Government may likely back-off from the over US$800,000 economic sabotage case against suspended National Port Authority (NPA) Managing Director Matilda Parker and her former Comptroller, Christiana Paelay.

This is because the prosecution has requested Judge Boima Kontoe to bar their witnesses from appearing in person to testify against the defendants.

Instead, the court should consider the witnesses’ 2015 documented testimonies when the case was first heard and subsequently suspended due to prosecution’s accusation about jury tampering.

Judge Kontoe, meanwhile, indefinitely reserved ruling into the request, after Parker’s legal team argued that it was clear that the prosecution was not ready to proceed with the case.

Their request also set the stage for the dismissal of the indictment and the charges.

When the case resumed on Tuesday, October 2, based on the mandate of the Supreme Court, the new Solicitor General, Daku Mulbah, who was then County Attorney for Montserrado County and lead prosecutor, raised a very strange legal argument that he cannot locate most of the witnesses they were relying on to testify against the defendants.

Besides, he said, during the first trial in December 2015, they managed to have produced six witnesses, some of whom he named as Blamo Koffa of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), Deneah Martin Flomo of the Denmar Enterprise, Inc., Daffa Wiles, Sunday G. Wright, Patrick Konneh and Emmanuel Davies.

“We cannot locate all of those witnesses to testify at this case and even some of those we contacted told us that they had nothing new to explain; and so, we have decided for you to consider their earlier documented testimonies,” the government lead lawyer requested. “We do not intend to put new witnesses to testify or provide new documentary evidence, besides those earlier produced in 2015,” Mulbah maintained.

As for witness Deneah Martin Flomo and his Denmar Enterprise, Inc., prosecution contended that he was the one to whom Parker and Pealay awarded the contract worth over US$800,000 to dredge the Greenville Port in Sinoe County which prosecution claims he did not perform.

Moreover, he was one of the witnesses of interest to have testified at the second case but, he cannot be located, according to the Solicitor-General.

“This attitude towards the matter suggested there had been little or no negotiation with the witnesses,” a legal expert said.

“This has been one of the most humiliating rejections of the new government in recent years, with the new Solicitor-General asking the court to use the old testimonies of the witnesses because they cannot relocate them,” the lawyer said.  “Their request suggests that they would change their minds on the prosecution of the defendants, thereby allowing the court to drop the case.”

It all started when the government arranged the first trial of Parker and Paelay in late 2015, but that case was adjourned after prosecutors alleged that someone had tampered with some of the jurors in the trial, following a letter that was reported to have been intercepted by one of the court officers assigned with the jurors at the time of sequestration.

Judge Blamo Dixon,  after  investigation, removed the four suspected jurors on the panel mentioned in the letter. But prosecution lawyers, headed by Cllr. Daku Mulbah, now Solicitor General, objected to the ruling and filed a writ of “certiorari’ against Judge Blamo’s ruling before Justice-in-Chambers at the time, Jamesetta Wolokolie.

Wolokolie then ruled in favor of the government by disbanding the entire jury in the case. But her decision was challenged by the defense counsel, headed by Cllr. Pearl Brown Bull, who later announced an appeal to the full Bench of the Supreme Court against the judgment.

The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of Wolokolie and subsequently ordered the disbandment of the jury, which set the stage for a new trial on charges stating that Parker allegedly robbed the government of US$837,950.

Prosecutors had earlier alleged that the two accused persons, by awarding two sole-sourced contracts without the approval of the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC), to Deneah M. Flomo and his Denmar Enterprise on behalf of the NPA for the removal of wrecks from the port of Greenville, Sinoe County, and the provision of security consultancy at the ports of Monrovia, Buchanan, and Greenville, caused the state to lose US$800,000 (the respective price tags of US$500,000 and US$300,000 per contract).

5 COMMENTS

  1. With enough evidences that the money was indeed stolen, what do they want witness to say? She just got her piece of the elephant meat. They must be day dreaming about developing Liberia if individuals are allowed to steal this amount of money and get away with it. It is well evident that miss Parker created a bogus contractor and intern shared the money with the contractor who was her comptroller boy friend. What’s convoluted about that?

    • Corruption is the mean reason Liberia will remain a very poor country forever. This case dies like every corruption case in the system. They drag it on for years and eventually the charges are dropped after the defendant pays bribes to prosecutors and judges. What a rotten country.

    • What is the evidence that they have?can you please tell me.Look my Bro, please don’t remain in darkness because from your statements it seems you are blind to what is unfolding in this case.Madam Parker is 100%innocent.That is why people like us is standing with madam Parker in this case until justice prevail and when that is done madam Parker will be the VICTOR!

  2. The Prosecutor told the court that those previous witnesses cannot be located or they have nothing additional to add to their initial testimonies and they want the court to admit the testimonies of the old trial into this new one.According to the supreme court ,this is a new trial.The state must provide witnesses to prove their case against madam Parker.Witnesses cannot falsely accuse people of such a grave crime and disappear in thin air.They must return to prove their statements and testimonies because it’s a criminal case.Why waste madam Parker time and efforts for almost 4 years,while tarnishing her reputation if you don’t have witnesses to testify against her?

  3. Well, well.
    Should there be any courts in Liberia at all? Should there be any courts in Liberia my people? My goodness.

    The very best thing that anyone can do in Liberia is to steal money. I mean big money, big time! Then after stealing the money, go to a country man or woman to give you some vaquid or juju. Rub the medicine all over your face. Your face will look kind of greenish or black. But never mind. When that doesn’t work, beg for forgiveness or tell the kangaroo or jungle courts that you’re sick. Sure, you’ll surely get a sick leave. Remember, when you return home from your treatment, your case will be dropped. Once your theft case is dismissed, you can sit at home and enjoy your money.

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