Says it is political and without proof
The leadership of the Nimba County Bar Association has taken serious exception to the planned impeachment of Justice Kabineh Ja’neh by the House of Representative.
The president of the Bar, Cllr. Roland Dahn, who spoke at the program marking the retirement of Judge Emery S. Paye recently in Sanniquellie on July 20, said there is no evidence that shows Justice Ja’neh has done any wrong in order to be impeached.
“Nimba County Bar does not endorse the decision initiated by certain people in the legislature, because the law is clear on how justice is dispensed,” Dahn said.
“You can only remove justices or judges on proof of misconduct, reasonable charges and other behavior that are clearly prohibited by the Liberian Constitution,” he explained.
The Bar also acknowledges that the authority of the legislature to impeach a justice of the Supreme Court should be in pursuance of Article 71 of the Constitution; but the Nimba Bar said it is not aware that Justice Ja’neh has committed any act(s) as prohibited by Article 71 of the Constitution to warrant his impeachment.
According to Article 71, “a justice can only be impeached for proven misconduct, gross breach of duty, inability to perform the functions of his/her office or conviction in a court of law for treason, bribery or other infamous crimes.”
The Nimba Bar furthered that advocates for Justice Ja’neh’s impeachment have not identified any act done by the learned jurist that could form a basis for any person of sound mind and good judgment to engage in such an advocacy.
Accordingly, the Bar regards the call for Justice Ja’neh’s impeachment as a mere false alarm to the public, an unnecessary and misguided attempt to distract the attention of the learned jurist from the performance of his sacred duty of dispensing justice.
The leadership of Nimba Bar is the second largest legal association in the country, with over 100 legal practitioners in Montserrado County.
“We are of the strongest conviction that there is not a scintilla of evidence to show that Justice Ja’neh has in any way breached Article 71 of Liberia’s Constitution to be impeached,” an embittered Cllr. Dahn maintained.
The Bar has, therefore, called on all elected officials to be careful, thoughtful and confine themselves to the Constitution of Liberia in what they say or do at all times, to protect and preserve the dignity of their offices, and sustain peace and harmony among the citizens.
“While we the Nimba Bar respect the views and rights of all Liberians to speak freely about all government functionaries, we denounce, deprecate, deplore and condemn statements that are emotional, malicious, reckless and without any regard for truth and outside the ambit of the law,” said the Bar in its statement released to the press at the end of the ceremony.
“Nimba Bar urges all those in authority, especially those in elected positions, to speak the truth and uphold the law at all times,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, Cllr. Dahn said he observed that the decision calling for Ja’neh’s impeachment has an Executive backing, “and so I consider the action as a complete harassment against the judiciary.”