‘Top Gov’t Officials Don’t Respect Law of the Land’

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Judge Yamie Quiqui Gbeisay

In a bold statement, Criminal Court C Judge Yamie Gbeisay has accused government officials of habitually “disrespecting the country’s laws.”

Judge Gbeisay’s remarks come in the wake of failed attempts by Prosecutors to get Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives, Madam Mildred Sayon, to testify in the ongoing missing LD$16 billion case that involved the former Executive Governor and Board Members of the Central Bank of Liberia.

In a harsh tone, Judge Gbeisay said that “Top government officials don’t respect the law of the Republic and even the courts.”

Gbeisay went on to say that he clearly understands the government lawyers’ frustration with their witnesses that include senior government officials who are not willing to appear in court to testify on behalf of the state.

“This judge is known to be harsh, but I will grant the government lawyers permission to postpone the case,” Gbeisay noted.

His frustration comes after government lawyers are finding it difficult to have former and current lawmakers to testify about their knowledge as to whether or not the CBL board members received a joint resolution to print the controversial LD$10 billion at the center of the lawsuit. The board members had repeatedly argued that there was a joint resolution by both Houses — the Senate and House of Representatives — to print the LD$10 billion, as was done in the case of the LD$5 billion.

It is that argument the government lawyers rejected and subsequently prayed the court to have some of the lawmakers including former Speaker, J. Emmanuel Nuquay, to testify.

However, government lawyers are finding it hard to get Nuquay and other senior government officials to testify. Earlier, the government lawyers told Judge Gbeisay that the testimonies of the senior government officials were very important to their case; therefore, the court should grant their request to suspend the case until the witnesses can appear.

In counter-argument, the defense lawyers argued that the state request was made in bad faith because Madame Sayon’s failure to “have positively respond to the court order is contemptuous and an affront to the judiciary.”

“In fact, she is an officer of the House of Representatives, which is a separate arm of the government and should be held in contempt,” the defense team further argued.

Meanwhile, Judge Gbeisay has rescheduled the case for today, Thursday, July 16, to have former Speaker Nuquay appear and, refusal to grant defense lawyers’ request, to hold the senior government officials in contempt.

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  • Anthony Kokoi is a young Liberian sports writer who has an ever-growing passion for the development of the game of football (soccer) and other sports. For the past few years, he has been passionately engaged in reporting the developments of the game in the country. He is an associate member of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL). He is a promoter of young talents. He also writes match reports and makes an analysis of Liberian Football.

6 COMMENTS

  1. How in this world, should a hungry cat be complaining about too many rats are messing up the house hold food items? Then the cat is not hungry and have allow the rats to misbehave. In similarity to Liberia, the judiciary has become seriously handicap, thus allowing our government officials to disrespect the laws of Liberia.

    If Albert Chie could prevent the arrest of Sengbeh, Which was oder by presiding judge in a criminal court and worst if all, disrespecting the Judge by writing on the back of his call card to be presented to the Judge, which was totally insulting and undermining the Judge decision. Instead of the court finning Mr. Albert Chie at least half of his salary, he was giving a slap on the wrist of $200 fined. Now, how much is $200 as fined for Albert Chie considering his monthly salary? If this has cause him, Albert Chie, his monthly salary and few months of suspension from work without paid,the message and lesson from the court could have been loud and clear to everyone in Liberia. Until the right thing is done in Liberia, government and public officials will continue to disrespect the laws of our land,

  2. Nuguay is a lawyer, if he refuses to testify, it is an ethical breach to the Judiciary of which he is a member, he should be investigated and possibly be disbarred from the practice of law in Liberia.

  3. And the Judiciary, especially you judges are their enablers. You have the power to apply the law to it’s fullest extent, but you only do it to the average person and keep government officials above the law, only because they give you bribes. Just shut up and find something else to say, Mr. Judge.

  4. Who gives a crap about respecting laws in Liberia? The President himself doesn’t respect the laws. Liberia is a big joke. It’s a lawless country full of savages.

  5. I thought that the bloody, useless, senseless uncivil war was supposed to help rid Liberia of extreme corruption or at least minimize its extremeties in Liberia. Apparently, it didn’t. When you have a situation where a lawmaker receives a paycheck of $15,000 to $16,000 per month, (without that criminal act being challenged) it is fair to say that the biggies will do whatever they deem necessary.

    Let’s fully scrutinize the Greek adage:
    A fish rots from the head first and then downward.

    Take away from the adage…….
    All Liberians who live in Liberia are not criminals, or corrupt individuals! But corruption seeps down to the working class folk because:

    1. Corruption is massive at the top and

    2. The working class people have to eat, live and do their do. Without doubt, because they have to eat, “some” working class people are corrupt. I wish there were a clever way I could put it. So, in this nasty process, the good people of Liberia are frustrated.

    I am not a fan of judge Gbeisay. But, judge Gbeisay might have a point!

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