The Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC), which investigates judicial misconduct of judges, will on Thursday, January 28, begin looking into allegations that Judge Roland Dahn held multiple conversations via telephone and SMS with the Secretary of the Senate, Nanborlor Singbeh as well as Champan Logan, one of the parties in a case before him.
Judge Dahn currently presides over the 8th Judicial Circuit Court in Nimba County, from where the Judicial misconduct accusation emanated.
Initially, Judge Dahn had said he talked with Singbeh and Logan, but that he had merely asked the two men, Singbeh and Logan, to inquire about the whereabouts of their lawyers.
If the commission during the fact-finding inquiry finds that there is substance in the allegation against the Judge, then the commission will hold that Dahn’s misconduct is serious enough to warrant removal from office, or that the misconduct is not serious enough to warrant removal, and that they could recommend suspension.
The complaint against the judge was filed by a British national, Hans Armstrong, who Singbeh had accused for allegedly stealing two machines belonging to MHM Eko Liberia, Inc., a company whose majority owners are from the Czech Republic.
Coincidentally, the 70 percent shareholders, two Czech Republic investors Pavel and Martin Miloschewsky, in 2018 appointed Armstrong as their attorney-in-fact to work in their interest to ensure that Singbeh accounts for the US$5 million in both cash and equipment and materials they transferred to Singbeh for the operation of the company.
The matter is pending before the Criminal Court ‘C’, in Montserrado County undicided, prior to Dahn’s hearing of Singbeh’s theft claim against Armstrong.
Singbeh holds 30 percent shares in MHM Eko Liberia, Inc.
Surprisingly, while the case was going on at the Criminal Court ‘C’ at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia, it was when the very government that is prosecuting Singbeh and his Co-defendants opened the Armstrong case that is before Judge Roland Dahn, in Nimba County.
It was during the hearing of Armstrong’s case in Nimba County that Judge Roland Dahn was allegedly caught on the call log exchanging phone calls and text messages with both Singbeh and Champan.
The call log, copy of which is in the possession of the Daily Observer, listed Judge Dahn’s numbers as 0775164034 and 0886516385. While Logan’s number is 0886510206 and Singbeh number is 0777223338.
The leaked record alleges that on June 17, 2020 by 8:09 a.m., Singbeh called Judge Dahn for 164 seconds (or 2.733333 minutes). Again on the same day, Judge Dahn responded to Singbeh’s call by 8:12 and they both talked for 352 seconds (5.866667 minutes).
The record also alleged that on June 26 2020 by 17:03, Singbeh called Dahn for 11 seconds. The record showed messages sent via SMS between Judge Dahn and Singbeh.
On April 3 2020 at 09:24, Singbeh sent text messages to Judge Dahn. Again, the calls log claimed that Judge Dahn also communicated with Singbeh’s accomplice, Champan Logan, on both their Lonestar Cell MTN numbers.
On March 3, 2020 by 16:34, Logan called Judge Dahn but the judge did not answer. Later the same day, by 17:14, Judge Dahn responded to Logan’s call and they both talked for about 174 seconds (2.9 minutes).