-Senators Wesseh, Naatehn maintain sustained concerns
River Gee Senator Conmany B. Wesseh and Gbarpolu County Senator Daniel Flomo Naatehn, two of four petitioners praying the Supreme Court to block the upcoming impeachment trial of Justice Kabineh Ja’neh, continue to maintain concern over the process.
At a joint press briefing at the Capitol on Thursday, November 15, Senators Wesseh and Naatehn took exception to the Senate’s receipt of the legal materials for the upcoming impeachment trial from managers of the House of Representatives, saying the process continues to be irregular; “but because we have the matter before the Supreme Court for determination, we decided to keep quiet.”
Sen. Naatehn at the briefing clarified that as petitioners they have argued not against the Liberian Senate, but in favor of the law, “because whatever we do as a body we should stay on the side of the law.”
Naatehn observed that proceedings from the start to the day that Rule 63 was amended, “and the manner and form it [in which] was done and more and more confusion created by the content of Article 43, which we feel was not followed, we have opted to exercise the right that we have to seek the Supreme Court Bench through Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor, to help us through Article 66 and erase our doubts and confusion that have been created in dispensing provisions of Article 43 of our Constitution.”
Sen. Naatehn quoted Article 21 of the Constitution, which states that: “No person shall be made subject to any law or punishment which was not in effect at the time of commission of an offense, nor shall the Legislature enact any bill of attainder or ex post facto law…”
Sen. Wesseh buttressed his colleague by asserting that whatever the Senate did with respect to Rule 63, is called Standing Rule of the Senate, and the House of Representatives Standing Rule; “the two of them independently do not constitute the Legislature’s prescription as required under Article 43 of the Constitution; so there are no existing rules prescribed by the Legislature, not yet, these are independent rules done by independent bodies and therefore are outside of the Constitution.”
Sen. Wesseh declared: “We are worried, however, that in spite of the fact that the Supreme Court has sent summons to all the signatories to this resolution, we are going ahead with what is not consistent with the law.”