Parker, Paelay Free of Corruption Charges

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Matilda Parker and Christina Kparbar Paelay were suspended in April, 2015 and were subsequently charged with economic sabotage, theft of property and criminal conspiracy.

Criminal Court ‘C’ has freed former managing director of the National Port Authority (NPA), Matilda Parker and Christina Paelay, the entity’s former comptroller, on corruption charges of awarding a falsified wreck removal contract for US$800,000 to Denmar Martin Flomo of Denmar Enterprises.

Madams Parker and Paelay were freed due to state lawyers’ inability to ensure the appearance of several witnesses, who were to testify against the defendants; thereby leaving the judge with no option, but to drop the multiple corruption charges against them.

The charges included economic sabotage, theft of property and criminal conspiracy.

“We have reached out to our principal witnesses that we intend to use in these proceedings, and having contacted them, because their testimonies are germane and cogent to the proceeds. In the eleventh hour, we noticed that the witnesses were inconspicuously absent in the courtroom, and that every effort made to establish contact with them yielded no fruitful result,” prosecutors explained to Judge Boima Kontoe.

The state lawyers further argued, “we are reminded that these proceedings, which were sent back to this court to start a new trial, should never be delayed by any party as to effect the end of justice.”

Immediately after the prosecution’s application for postponement of the case on grounds that they cannot locate and or identify their witnesses, Judge Boima Kontoe said, “given the history of the case dating far back as the first quarter of 2015, the court views the application to be frivolous.”

Therefore, Kontoe explained about the Supreme Court’s opinion on the matter, which provides that when the Republic causes an individual or person, natural or legal, to appear in a court of law or any tribunal, the Republic should be prepared to proceed with the prosecution of the case against said accused person(s).

He also explained that his second mandate for the case to resume was read on December 28, 2018, and the first assignment for the hearing was issued on March 4, 2019.

”This court finds it difficult to understand the legal and factual basis of prosecution’s application for continuance, because the second mandate from the Supreme Court, dated December 28, 2018, said prosecution should prepare their witnesses to testify on their behalf,” the Judge said.

“I am taken aback because of prosecution’s assertion in its application for continuance that it contacted its witnesses who were absent from court and, therefore, it is requesting this court to grant continuance,” Kontoe said.

“Prosecution in the opinion of this court, has miserably failed to show good cause why this case reminded by the Supreme Court, and the mandate read on December 28, gave such frivolous excuse as prosecution has done in the instance case,”  Kontoe said,” He said the indictment against the defendants was hereby dismissed without prejudice to the state.”

Parker and Paelay were suspended in April, 2015 and were subsequently charged with economic sabotage, theft of property and criminal conspiracy. The duo were arrested on July 21 that same year and released on $1 million bond.

They were accused of awarding a falsified wreck removal contract to Denmar Enterprises owned by one Denmar Martin Flomo, valued at $800,000.

Former NPA managing director, Matilda Parker 2nd from right) celebrates with supporters Ansu Konneh left) and George D. Kennedy

Former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf suspended Parker following an investigation by the Liberian Anti-Corruption Commission (LAAC).

The investigation alleges that Parker awarded contracts without the approval of the Public Procurement and Concession Commission on behalf of the NPA for wreck removal projects at the ports of Monrovia, Buchanan and Greenville. The grand jury’s indictment also alleges that Parker made fraudulent payments to co-defendant Deneah M. Flomo.

The Parker’s case grew in May 2015, when she and Paelay were indicted by the Grand Jury of Montserrado County for “economic sabotage, theft of property and criminal conspiracy.”

The first trial of the case commenced in November, 2015, and subsequently progressed to February, 2016, when prosecution fled to the Supreme Court on a Petition for Certiorari.

The petition was heard and the Supreme Court on October 4, 2017, reminded the case and mandated the court to resume jurisdiction.

That mandate was read on November 16, 2017, under the gavel of then Judge Blamo Dixon, resident Judge of Criminal Court ‘C.’

Later the case again started on September 27, 2018, after the Supreme Court mandate was read, following which the defendants were arraigned and they denied the accusation as contained in the indictment. During that time, the prosecution made a submission requesting that their six witnesses not to be compelled to testify at the second case, and that those testimonies made to form part the new trial records.

That request was resisted by the defense lawyer, Arthur Johnson; however, the court denied the request prompting Cllr. Johnson to appeal the judgment to the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court then reversed the court’s decision, but later mandated for prosecution to produce their six witnesses to testify at the new trial, which the government lawyers claimed that they could not locate and identify those witnesses.

19 COMMENTS

    • It’s Liberian justice 101. The judge, and prosecutors and others made sure they got their share of that $850,000. Everybody in Liberia will sell their soul for a few thousand bucks. It’s a country full of deplorables. Some of the worst people on earth live in Liberia. LOL.

  1. It’s about time we institute some penalty to this perpetual demonstration incompetence by Liberian government lawyers in the prosecution of cases. Liberia has lost (for frivolous reasons) nearly all the cases it has taken to court over the past 13 years and counting, to the tone of millions of dollars! Much needed money that could have effected so many development objectives throughout the years.

    And it seems that record of ineptitude by our lawyers doesn’t mean anything to them. Even Musa Bility, has won the GOL on its own tax evasion allegations in precedent years. Imagine government having no records on a citizen paying his or her taxes, but yet, that citizen wins the case against the government.

    Not to mention the Nancy Doe Vs GOL case, wherein the GOL lost that case again. A case involving the widow of an ex-president dethroned for corruption, extra-judicial killings, abuse of power, dictatorship, etc., etc.

    To add insult to injury, this time the GOL is supposed to pay about $18Million dollars to Nancy Doe, and simply because of the incompetence of a bunch of drunken, incompetent, useless lawyers we have as our lawyers at the MOJ.

    No business entity will tolerate such ineptitude and for so long without consequence. Interestingly and quite contrary to any logical explanation, this is the same bunch of incompetent lawyers that are elevated to higher judicial designations from time to time, as if we don’t know and deserve any better.

    But, of course, if the salaries and other perks of these losers were impacted somehow by their court performance/success, the outcome of these case would be different. How such bunch of misfits could even justify the free salaries they get monthly, is dumbfounding. But only in Liberia, as they say.

  2. You Hilary Snyder, what the hell does BUSINESS entities have to do with government winning case or not winning case? NOTHING!

    You are wrong to believe that the duty of the government lawyers is to operate as a private law firm which primary and or sole advocacy for its client is to win a case even if his or her client is in the wrong or is the violator of the law.

    Mr. Snyder, a state or government does not operate in such private law firm manner. Because the priority number one duty of the government or of its lawyers is to seek justice, and not bend to the wind of public opinion even when the accused or the petitioner is innocent or is simply seeking justice for his or her rights or that which he or she is entitled to.

    • Sorry, “John John” that analogy went right over your head. You might have skipped school as usual when the topic parallelism or correlation or in your case comparism was discussed. Either that or you are just too darn dull to know the difference. And sorry, I can’t help you otherwise. No time for make-up buddy.

      • Hilary Snyder, you are a DUMMY. You lack knowledge of even ordinary dictions. There is no word as “COMPARISM”. Comparison! DUMMY! Halt the PRETENSE, and learn from people who are more educated than you. John John is right to correct you and teach you. Your reasoning is poor. If this were not the case you would not make such 4th grade or 6th grade deductions. As readers we expect you to respond to John’s rebuttal; and not dodge.

        • “Kou,” or whatever the alias, you’re about to be fucked like you’ve never had before and by virtue of the insolence and discourtesy you exhibit here. What in your ignorant one-cell brain tells you a spelling error in these chatters signifies illiteracy? Or is it the gaygbah as your primary source of nourishment that got you so demented?

          And if you ever thought by logging here under some stupid feminine moniker would save you from my wrath, especially following this level of provocation, then you better douche again, (hopefully you also know what that means) because as we say in Liberia, when I finish with you tonight, you will never ever run that filthy hoppojoe butt on me here again. Now let’s see what’s between those dirty squalid legs of yours, moving forward.

          • Hilary Snyder or what you really are namely; it is your dirty mother with her filthy pussy up there in in the interior or dead – her pussy which knows nothing about cleaning let alone douching.

            I do not have to use fake names as you or other do around here. Ask Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. I worked with her at the World Bank and at the UN before she became president and started using government money to use on some of you dogs as most likely your wife who was fucked By every soldier of the military regime and others in Monrovia before she got her government job sometimes ago.

            The next time when the bad odor of your mother´s pussy starts to send your faggy ass crazy, you better go and use the rag your mother uses between her dirty legs as panties to cover the blood from her rotten pussy.

  3. Liberia is a very rotten country. No wonder it is backwards and lawless. It’s a country full of deplorables like Matilda Parker. The end of this case was predictable, like an old movie that has been replayed over and over. No surprises here. $850,000 US dollars was stolen by this shameless woman, an indicted thief and that’s it. There was no trial so she can’t morally claim she was exonerated. Her story will remain in Google searches throughout her life. If she ever were to seek a job in the United States or Europe, this information will come out and the indictment is still in Google database. And no prudent employer will hire someone after reading her story. Her reputation is forever tarnished by her egregious act of theft from the poor people of Liberia.

    • Talking about criminals running the government, the Speaker of the House of Representatives , Bhofal Chambers can’t travel to America because he’s a fugitive from American justice. There are many other indicted or convicted criminals from America who are elected officials. Then you have the war criminals in the government as well. How do you clean up such a mess?

  4. I’m not sure how you fix a decadent civilization.The government is a reflection of the people! I’m not anti-Liberia, I just think the future of Liberians is not very good because you have too many bad people in leadership. Basically, most Liberians will be born poor and die poor because there are no opportunities for social mobility. The leadership of the country are predominantly criminals. Sorry to say, comrade Hney.

  5. Comrade Citizen,
    From what I gather from your comments, you seem to have an unsympathetic view about Liberia. What went wrong and how did it happen brother James? Liberia has got to be fixed. Not by foreign investors, African Union or magicians, but by us, the Liberian people. C’on guy. The responsibility of putting things together for the common good of our country rests on our shoulders.

    I like your style of response. It’s not combative, neither is it ferocious. With that kind of attitude, we can exchange and express our views in a civil manner. We don’t have to agree on everything, but we’ll see the positive sides of one another if we debate educationally. As you know, there are some unscrupulous commentors on this blog who spew dirt out of their mouths. They are the type of people I refer to as the Liberian latchkey kids. It seems that from their very youth, they’ve had no positive upbringing. They cannot conduct a good conversation without resorting to use of expletives. It’s a shame. I try to avoid them always because I refuse to get entangled in their dirt!

    James, Liberia as a whole is a different ball game. Liberia is a country. The country’s priorities are grester than your and my self-interests. Right? I may refuse to argue with a noted ruffian, but I cannot refuse to help my country irrespective of how short-sighted its leaders could be. Let’s not neglect Liberia. Let’s forego some “stuff” for the youth that you love so dearly? Or are all your siblings and relatives living out of Liberia?

  6. Most folks want to blame the government for what is happening in Liberia relative to strong hate and disunity. Folks also want to push extreme hatred on one political party CDC, calling individuals rebels. What is so shocking is that on this platform, people who should serve as epitome of moral rectitude can hardly hold an intellectual discussion advancing diversity of opinion but would rather resolve to vulgarity, indulging into such abusive exchange as shown in the previous comments. What a sad day for Liberia. Everybody seem to be looking at the government and forget to look at themselves. Since I was a kid, till present time at which I’m a grown man now, never have we witnessed such hateful exchange of words as we are seeing today. Disagreement on how a criminal case was handled by government should not in any way result in such vicious exchange where folks would be so vulgar. The body of Christ, through the church need to rise up to another level through numerous revival and prayers to bring folks to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

  7. Dandrage,
    You’re spot on. I have made a similar call in the past for restraint to be shown if a commenter disagrees with his or her colleague. Going forward, I hope and pray that all commenters will refrain from spewing dirty words if there happens to be a difference of opinion.

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