Gov’t Won’t Use Executive Power against Parker

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The government will not exercise executive power against suspended National Port Authority Managing Director, Matilda Parker and her comptroller Christina Kparbar Paelay in the U$1.2M bond, prosecutor Theophilus Gould said yesterday.
Cllr. Gould told Criminal Court ‘C’ that the government has executive powers to restrict defendant Parker’s movement, but has decided to use the judicial power to deal with her.
“If we wanted to use our executive power, we would have done so, but we are only concerned about the legitimacy of the bond filed and not anything else,” Cllr. Gould said.
If the bond is rejected by Judge Peter Gbeneweleh, it means that the two defendants could be re-arrested and held in custody until a new bond is filed.
Cllr. Gould’s remarks came immediately after the defense team argued that the Family Dollar Universal Insurance (FDUI) has all legal capacities to service bonds for defendants in the country, contrary to prosecutors’ contention that the company does not have the financial capability to do so.
The insurance company (FDUI) secured the bond to prevent the defendants from going to jail and to enable them to appear in court whenever asked to do so.
Cllr. Gould asked the court to deny the bond because the company, FDUI, has fewer assets to secure it.
He, however, admitted that the company has complied with all legal requirements to bond defendants in the country.
Defendants Parker and Paelay are accused by the Liberian government of having siphoned US$837,950, while serving in their respective posts at the NPA.
They consequently secured a bond through FDUI to prevent them from being incarcerated until their case could commence.
Ruling in the matter yesterday was reserved by the court.

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