Who’s Preventing Probe into Judges’ Alleged Unethical Conduct?

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Judge Roland Dahn and Magistrate Victoria Ducan

It has taken almost four months since Chief Justice Francis Korkpor mandated the Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) to conduct an ethical inquiry into the circumstances surrounding accusation of Judge Roland Dahn and Stipennary Magistrate Victoria Duncan’s ‘unethical behavior’ in the over a million United States dollars theft case that involves the Senate Secretary Nanborlor Singbeh and several other individuals.

Judge Dahn currently serves as the Resident Judge of the 8th Judicial Circuit Court in Nimba County, while Magistrate Duncan presides over the Kakata Magisterial Court in Margibi County. 

Both Magistrate Duncan and Judge Dahn were accused of holding secret conversations with one of the parties, the Senate Secretary, while the matters were still pending before their separate courts, the 8th Judicial Circuit Court in Nimba County and the Kakata Magisterial Court in Margibi County.

The separate complaints were filed to the Chief Justice’s office by a British investor, Hans Armstrong, who is the Attorney-In-Fact of two Czech Republic investors, Martins and Pavel Miloschewsky. 

The Miloschewsky brothers have accused Singbeh and his accomplices of robbing them in millions of United States dollars that was transferred to them for the establishment of a company called MHM Eko Liberia Limited, in which Singbeh held 30 percent share. 

It was based on Armstrong’s complaint that prompted Chief Justice  Korkpor to communicate to the Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) through its Chairperson, Associate Justice Yussif Kaba to conduct an investigation into the matter. 

There is no timeline attached to the Chief Justice’s request for the investigation of the two judges.

For Judge Dahn, his order for an investigation was dated October 30, 2020 and, for Magistrate Duncan, her investigation order was also dated on October 30, 2020. In their mandates, Chief Justice Korkpor said, “I request that your commission conducts an investigation into the matter and, following the investigation, submit its findings to me.”

However, since the Chief Justice’s instructions, there is no document to establish that the Kaba Commission has conducted the investigation or has forwarded its findings to Chief Justice Korkpor. And also, the Chief Justice’s office is yet to comment on the slow pace of the investigation. The issue arose on September 6, 2020, and on October 29, 2020 in a complaint filed by Armstrong, asking the Chief Justice to conduct an investigation into the ethical breaches in communication between the two judicial actors and defendant Singbeh. 

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