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Liberia Supreme Court Halts Arrest of Mayor

The Supreme Court of Liberia through the Justice in Chambers Cllr. Philip A.Z. Banks has placed a stay order on the arrest and detention of the suspended Monrovia acting City Mayor Mary Broh and Montserrado County Superintendent Grace Kpaan pending a conference. The Supreme Court is the final arbiter of justice in the country.

00201270-bf7bfe0b9b5f771641632b9ea4cc5410-arc495x324-w495-us1The stay order placed on the arrest and detention of the two suspended government officials comes amid a petition for a Writ of Prohibition filed before the Supreme Court by lawyers representing the two suspended officials. The petition for Writ of Prohibition was filed before the High Court on Monday, February 25, 2013 by lawyers representing the two officials.

According to reports gathered by this paper, the lawyers of the two officials headed by Cllr. Pearl Brown-Bull contend that the action by the House of Representatives to order the arrest and detention of the two officials is in complete contravention of the laws of Liberia.

Upon receiving the petition for the Writ of Prohibition, the Justice in Chambers on Monday, February 25, 2013 cited the Speaker of the House of Representative, J. Alex Tyler and the Sergeant-At-Arms of the House of Representatives Brigadier General Martin Johnson on one hand and the lawyers representing Madam Broh and Madam Kpaan on the other hand at the Temple of Justice.

However, the report stated that the outcome of yesterday’s conference was not disclosed to the press. The report added that the conference will continue today, Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at the Temple of Justice. It can be recalled that last Friday, February 22, 2013, the House of Representatives ordered the arrest and imprisonment of the two suspended government officials for a period of thirty (30) days each. The Plenary took the decision on Friday, February 22, 2013 at a special session held at the Capitol Building in Monrovia.

 

Source: New democrat

 

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