The Presiding Judge of Tax Court, Mozart A. Chesson, has ordered the Chief Executive Officer of the Gulf Trading Srimex Enterprises, Musa H. Bility through his lawyer Cllr. Theophilus C. Gould to make payment of the total outstanding amount of US$165,800.00 on or before 12 June 2013 at 10:A.M.
Judge Chesson said during his final judgment in July 2012 against Mr. Bility for refusing to pay the Government of Liberia taxes in the tone of US$190,800.00, he ordered defendant Bility to make 25% payment against the total judgment of said amount(US$190,800.00).
In his letter of reference of request for payment of US$165,800.00 taxes due the Government of Liberia addressed to defendant Bility’s lawyer and dated on May 29, 2013, Judge Chesson said Mr. Bility only made payment of US$25,000.00 which he said was less than the initial payment as per court’s ruling despite several communications from the court.
Judge Chesson then warned that failure on the part of Mr. Bility to comply with his order will leave the court with no alternative but to proceed with enforcement in keeping with law.
Meanwhile, documents in the possession of this paper from the Tax Court at the Temple of Justice has revealed that the Management of LIBERCELL (Atlantic Wireless Inc.) is in complete defiance with Supreme Court’s mandate read on 5 December 2012 ordering said GSM Company to pay US$1,102,44.80 to the Government of Liberia as license fees.
Since the Supreme Court’s mandate was read in open court on 5 December 2012 by the presiding Judge of the Tax Court, the Management of LIBERCELL has failed to settle its obligation with the Liberian Government according to court documents.
Few months ago, the Tax Court at the Temple of Justice ruled in a trial where the Government of Liberia filed a lawsuit against the LIBERCELL GSM Company for its failure to pay over one million United States Dollars as license fees.
With the issuance of a writ of execution and a notice of sale of the assets of LIBERCELL by the court the management of said GSM Company continues to be in defiance and yet to pay over one million United States Dollars owned the Liberian Government in taxes.
At that time, Tax Court Judge Mozart Chesson has directed the Management of LIBERCELL to proceed to the Tax Court on or before 10 June 2013 at 10: A.M. and submit what the court calls treasury receipts evidencing payments to the Government of Liberia covering the amount of US$1, 102, 444.80.
Judge Chesson warned that failure on the part of LIBERCELL management to comply with this order will leave the court with no alternative but to proceed with enforcement in keeping with law.
But lawyers representing the Management of LIBERCELL have filed before the Tax Court an eleven-count page application for special relief from the writ of execution and notice of sale and allow additional time for deferred payment of said money (US$1,102,444.80 license fees).