By C. Winnie Saywah-Jimmy
The Criminal Court “C” at the Temple of Justice yesterday entertained legal arguments into a motion to squash the government’s extradition indictment against the former Airport Manager, Ellen Cockrum and her partner Melvin Johnson.
The government of Liberia announced last year that it had requested the State Department of the United States of America (USA) to have the two defendants extradited so that they can face trial for the commission of multiple crimes committed while they worked with the Liberia Government.
The crimes identified by the State lawyers include Economic Sabotage, Misapplication of Entrusted Property, Theft of Property and Criminal Conspiracy; a charge Madam Cockrum said having being hinted with, led her to flee the country.
The government lawyers’ argument among other things for which they believe the indictment should lie, is that the USA lawyer representing the defendants has already committed fraud when he lied under oath that he personally appeared in Liberia before the Justice of the Peace to dismiss the said indictment.
Prosecution argued how the lawyer who resides in the USA misinformation to the jurisdiction in Liberia is proven by the affidavit attached to the defendants’ response to the indictment.
In counter-argument, lawyers representing the defendants argued that the prosecution has no practical and rational intention to arrest and prosecute their clients; therefore the indictment should be dismissed.
The defense said without petitioning the U.S Government for the extradition of their client, government has already made a representation by publicly considering their clients as criminals.
Meanwhile, the legal counsels have rested with their arguments pro et con as the presiding judge of Court “C” Yussif Kaba announced that next Monday he will give his ruling into the matter.
LLC Secretary General Appeals To President Sirleaf
By Jefferson D.Tweh
The Secretary General of Liberia Labor Congress (LLC), Mr. J. Nyemah Natt Sr. is appealing to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and her officials of government to pay Libercell Mobile Company’s employees.
In an exclusive interview with this paper, Mr.Natt disclosed that since the Mobile Company stopped its operation, there has been no pay or stipends for those employees.
According to Mr.Natt, the employees are currently beset with acute financial strangulation problems, thereby causing their children to be out of school, a situation the employees describe as being insensitive to their plight in the country.
“My brother, just imagine since government of Liberia (GOL) seized Libercell Mobile Company’s license and Frequency, hence the employees find it difficult to sustain themselves because they have not gotten any pay; everything is hard on them,” Mr. Natt stated further.
Meanwhile, Mr.Natt is also calling on International Partners, International Labor Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations, Civil Society Organizations and Government of Liberia to kindly address the payment issue affecting the Libercell Mobile Company’s employees.
However, Mr.Natt has called on the Libercell employees to exercise their patience because he will continue to appeal to President Sirleaf and her government officials to render assistance to them.
Edited-May 28, 2014-FAS