Did Justice In Chamber Overturn Decision?
By Alva Mulbah Wolokolie
Human Rights lawyer, J. Melvin Page, has come down harshly uncovering a revolution allegedly accusing Associate Justice in Chambers at the Supreme Court, Madam Sie-A-Nyene Yuoh of restraining and prohibiting respondent Bassam H. Jawhary from interfering with the properties of the late Milad R. Hage.
The petition granted, given under the hand of Justice Yuoh and sealed to the Supreme Court on December 2013 AD, a copy of which is in the possession of this paper ordered the Clerk of Court to send a mandate to the lower court commanding the presiding judge, J. Vinton Holder of the Monthly and Probate Court of Montserrado County therein to resume jurisdiction and give effect to the ruling.
The Justice in Chambers is quoted in the court document in possession of Mr. Page that she said in view of the foregoing, the amended petition for the writ of prohibition is sustained and the preemptory writ issued is consistent with her pronouncement. She wants the petitioners and same ordered excluded from the will, subject to a resolution of the issue of the property involving and holding of proceeds of the said properties in escrow pending such proper and full identification.
At a news conference held yesterday in Monrovia, Human Rights lawyer and whistle blower agent told reporters that Associate Justice, Philip A.Z. Banks, earlier delivered the opinion of the court requesting the lower court to execute the mandate of the court of denier resort, irregularities committed in the enforcement of the mandate the honorable court prerogative of the constitutional court actions tending to render the execution of the court’s mandate ineffectual.
Mr. Page accused Associate Justice of describing the decision of the full bench of the Supreme Court delivered by Justice Banks as ultra virus that rules on the bill of information. In the document, Justice Yuoh is quoted as saying that the full bench ordered the alternative writ issued and on January 3, 2013, the bill of information was heard and granted, but under special dispensation of justice as same as ultra virus the rules on bill of information.
The Human Rights lawyer said the court, speaking through Justice Banks remanded the case to the Justice in Chambers with instruction that he resumes jurisdiction over the case and decided consistent with the exercise of his discretion.
This latest decision by Justice Yuoh according to Mr. Page, involving Bassam H. Jawhary, a Liberian-Lebanese national who is supervising the management of the Intestate Estate of the late Milad R. Hage, is sad and has the propensity to impede the justice system of the country.
He described the action as something that is scarring because in her ruling more is highlighted about Ecobank than Oumou Sirleaf Hage who is claiming to be the executor of the late Milad Hage’s will.
Page has challenged the Associates Justice to hold him in contempt if she feels the information is wrong. He therefore insisted that any attempt for the Justice in Chambers to turn the wheel of justice, it would be fully resisted and followed by an impeachment proceeding with the first branch of government.
“Justice Yuoh is in the green grass looking for green snake. Chief Justice Francis Korkpor must stand firmly to ensure that the right thing is done at the Supreme Court because this country belongs to every Liberian and not a particular group of people,” Mr. Page said.
But when the INQUIRER contacted Justice Yuoh last night to respond to the allegation made by Mr. Page, she declined answering her phone and decided not to even reply to a text message sent on her cellphone number.