“Ebola” Seriously Hampered Courts’ Proceedings In 2014… Judge Kaba Wants Government, Citizens Take Precaution

By Edwin G. Wandah

The assigned Circuit Judge of Criminal Court C, Judge Yussif D. Kaba, has blamed the slow pace of court’s proceeding to the outbreak of the Ebola virus.

Speaking to this Paper at his Criminal Court “C” office in Monrovia, Judge Kaba said several cases would have been heard during last term of court if this remorseless Ebola virus had not surfaced.

According to Judge Kaba, due to the deadly nature of the virus, some none essential staffs, including jurors were sent home on compulsory leave to help reduce the overcrowding of judicial proceedings.

Meanwhile, Judge Kaba told the Inquirer that more than 16 criminal cases were dismissed during the last term of court. He named theft of property, drug, and drug related cases, forgery and forgery related cases that were amongst those mainly dismissed.

He stated further that the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Justice has to be blamed for this because those cases were not pursued adequately while “about 16 to 17 cases were dismissed in 2014 by the criminal court due to Government’s failure to pursue them.”

He also named theft of property as one of the higher criminal offenses or actions tried at the court which overburdened the court’s dockets for 2014, followed by corruption, drug and drug related actions.

However, Judge Yussif D. Kaba is calling on the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Health and the World health Organization to put measures in place to protect the citizens’ lives.

He also used the occasion to call on all citizens in the country to abide by those health regulations to avoid contracting the deadly Ebola virus.