Supreme Court Cites Justice Ministry Again


After the Ministry of Justice could not provide documentary evidence to support whether or not it owed its senior prosecutor, Atty. Sam Solomon, seven years and four months’ salary totaling over L$1million and US$144k, the Supreme Court has again cited the Ministry to a conference today.
This time, the ministry and a former prosecutor were cited by Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh.
The Ministry had previously been instructed by then presiding Associate Justice Philip A.Z. Banks to produce all of the documentary evidence to prove that the ministry was not indebted to the state lawyer.
In a letter dated September 15, a copy of which is with the Daily Observer, Justice Ja’neh cited the Ministry to a conference today, September 18, at 11am in connection with a petition of mandamus.
In that petition, Atty. Solomon’s lawyer asked the High Court to compel the ministry to pay him seven years and four months arrears.
Atty. Solomon while serving as Senior City Solicitor of the Monrovia City Court at the Temple of Justice last year complained to the High Court through a petition for the ‘Writ of Mandamus’ to order the Ministry of Justice to pay him his seven years and four months, salary arrears.
He said he is a victim of ‘atrocious neglect and denial,’ employed by the Justice Ministry in a letter dated June 20, 2007 with rights and privileges and assigned to the Monrovia City Court for the last seven years, carrying out and performing his duties, which was never disputed or challenged.
According to the petition, Atty. Solomon stated that all his attempts to bring the matter to the attention of his bosses at the Montserrado County Attorney’s office or the Ministry of Justice, have fallen on deaf ears.
He said the ‘blatant denial of his rights’ has not only exposed him to undue financial hardship, but unnecessary embarrassment.


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