The Legislature and the Supreme Court have been locked down in what appears to be a show of strength, with both summoning each other over impeachment proceedings. The Supreme Court said in view of Article 66 of the Constitution, it is clothed with the power as the final arbiter of all disputes and hence any attempt by any person or institution, including any of the other branches of government, to review the final decision or judgment of the Supreme Court is unconstitutional. “In our system of Government,” she said, “the Legislature is empowered to enact laws and the Supreme Court is mandated and authorized to interpret the laws. The legal tussle between the lower house and the Supreme Court reached another level yesterday when the former rejected a motion for prohibition filed by the Supreme Court against impeachment proceedings by the House of Representatives. After the reading of the communication of the Prohibition from the high court, Representative Gabriel Nyenkan (Unity Party, District No.
Reading the ruling in the Snowe-Karmo case, Cllr. “The complainant argued that cross county voter registration, and specifically in this case involving a sitting legislator (Rep. Snowe) is a violation of the aforesaid threshold regulations. Giving the ruling in the Snowe-Johnson domicile case, Commissioner Davidetta Lansana said the NEC’s chief hearing officer, Cllr. His case and the NPP-NEC case were all different in comparison to the cases against Snowe now,” Comm. He noted that the Supreme Court will be the final place to determine whether this country is a country of laws.
Many legal experts have described the trial as “a landmark case” because the presiding judge, Yussif Kala, invited officials of the United States Embassy to produce the alleged stolen vehicles, which led to the suspension of the case for weeks. The VIN numbers of the vehicles were allegedly changed criminally in the system by co-defendant Sherman. All the seven vehicles were confirmed stolen by U.S. law enforcement and police records, and title documents of the vehicles were provided to the Liberian National Police during the course of the investigations. Campbell alleged that he had purchased the vehicles from one Sheriff Lasudo in the United States but failed to provide any transaction documents. He also did not provide any evidence that Lasudo held titles to the vehicles; neither did he provide any evidence of transfer of title to himself.
It is evident that the constitutional provision (Article 71) relied on by the five wayward legislators does not apply to judicial opinions rendered by justices or judges. Article 71 refers and applies to actions, behavior and conduct outside of and other than judicial opinions. In the alternative, Article 71 may apply to judicial opinions, only if, and when the judicial opinion (s) is characterized by fraud or evidenced by conflict of interest - a scenario which is absent in the current case. Even if the opinions of the three Associate Justices were influenced by their views of current political trends, there is no legal rule that forbids such ruling. Disagreement with the Court’s interpretation of the law does not warrant impeachment because a Justice or a Judge’s interpretation of the law, albeit contentious or wrong, is NOT an impeachable offence.
August 11, 2017 02:15 UTC
Monrovia – The Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) has stated that the ongoing implementation of the capital requirements for all licensed insurance companies operating in Liberia remains on course in line with the CBL regulation issued in 2015 and amended in 2016. The regulation sets the capital requirement for each class of insurance business, and requires each insurance company to maintain a minimum capital requirement based on the category of insurance activity being undertaken by a company. Under the regulation, General/Non-Life Insurance Business, must maintain a minimum capital requirement of US$1.5 million Life Insurance Business, a minimum capital requirement of US$750,000.00; and Reinsurance, a minimum capital requirement of US$5,000,000. The move the Bank noted is in line with its mandate under the New Insurance Act of 2013 as the Regulator and Supervisor of the Insurance Industry of Liberia. “The CBL will remain resolute in reforming the Liberian insurance industry in line with its mandates under the New Insurance Act of 2013 and other Insurance laws,” the Bank said in its public notice.
August 11, 2017 02:03 UTC
THE LOWER HOUSE of Liberia’s National Legislature has commenced impeachment proceedings against three justices of the Supreme Court of Liberia. THIS COMES on the eve of what is inarguably the most important elections in Liberia’s history. The committee believes if the two actions can be expeditiously completed, they will have set rules for the governance of impeachment of the three Associate Justices. THIS IS A CASE of misguided interests and clearly a matter of enormous implications on Liberia’s immediate political future. WHAT WE DO KNOW for sure is that no member of the national legislature should be trumpeting or advocating for impeachment proceeding during this crucial period in our local history.
August 11, 2017 02:03 UTC
Gbarnga, Bong County - Angeline Bedell, 23, an agriculture engineering student at Bong County Technical College (BCTC), said she has not sat in a laboratory since she enrolled in the college three years ago. “I will be voting for someone whose dream is to see the completion of the Bong Technical College,” she said. Bong County Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor, who is running as vice Presidential candidate to Senator George Weah, under the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), wanted the contract terminated. Dennis Garsini, a Bong County citizen based in the United States of America, sponsors 14 students at the college. “My dream for the young people of Bong County has always been to construct our own community college, and today I am grateful that we have started a community college,’’ she said.
August 11, 2017 00:56 UTC
By NY1 NewsA man who shot an NYPD officer in Brooklyn on Thursday afternoon is dead from an apparent suicide, officials say. Police said the man used a “long rifle” to shoot several times through a bedroom door inside his home on Ridgewood Ave. and Essex St. around 4:30 p.m. Police said the man barricaded himself in the rear bedroom of the home after he shot the officer, but ESU emergency services made their way in around 7:15 p.m. They discovered the man dead from what appeared to be self-inflicted gunshot wounds, Police Commissioner James O’Neill said in a press conference Thursday night. Read more of this storySource: NY1.com(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)Commentscomments
August 11, 2017 00:00 UTC
Monrovia - Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has expressed serious concern over recent attempts by some members of the House of Representatives to initiate impeachment proceedings against majority members of the Supreme Court because of judicial decisions made by the Supreme Court. “This move is clearly in violation of Article 73 of the Constitution of Liberia,” she emphasized. According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf, in a special statement, said in light of unfolding impeachment proceedings. President Sirleaf said the process in the House of Representatives tends to undermine the peace, threaten the elections process currently underway, and create confusion and chaos in our fledgling democracy. She then called on the members of the House of Representatives to abandon this course of action for the sake of peace and stability in Liberia.
August 10, 2017 18:53 UTC
Monrovia – The Board of Commissioners of Liberia’s National Elections Commission today denied an appeal from Rep. Samuel Karmo (Unity Party, District #1, Bomi County) against Rep. Edwin Snowe of Montserrado County Electoral District #6. Rep. Snowe is making an unprecedented bid to leave his current district of representation in Montserrado County for a play in the district Rep. Karmo has represented for the past six years. This is the second time in as many weeks that Rep. Karmo has been dealt a major blow in his quest to prevent Rep. Snowe from crossing over representation. The NEC hearing officer on July 23rd ruled against Rep. Snowe but this decision has been overturned in less than 3 weeks. The ruling affirmed that Mr. Snowe’saffidavit disclosed that he is a resident and a sitting Lawmaker of Montserrado County District #6 who holds a certificate as a Representative of Montserrado County District #6.
August 10, 2017 17:26 UTC
Monrovia – A legal wrangle between the lower house of Liberia’s National Legislature and the Supreme Court heightened Thursday when the House of Representatives rejected a motion for prohibition filed by the supreme Court against impeachment proceedings by the House of RepresentativesHenry Karmo, This email address is being protected from spambots. After the reading of the communication of the Prohibition from the high court, Representative Gabriel Nyenkan( Unity Party, District No. Banks all three being associate Justices of the Supreme Court of Liberia. “The further question growing out of the foregoing is whether the Legislature has the constitutional power to intervene in a matter between two parties, which matter is appealed to the Supreme Court and upon which the Supreme Court has made a final judgment?” they asked rhetorically. The Liberia National Bar Association has joined a chorus of rejections by the decision of the lower house to impeach the justices of the high court.
August 10, 2017 17:03 UTC
Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf arrived in South Africa on Thursday for a state visit, and was met at OR Tambo International Airport by Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. President Jacob Zuma will on Friday host Johnson Sirleaf in Pretoria. He said South Africa and Liberia had maintained good diplomatic and political relations since the attainment of freedom and democracy. The two countries have a general cooperation agreement and they have signed a memorandum of understanding on economic and technical cooperation. He said during the state visit, Zuma and Johnson Sirleaf would review the bilateral cooperation between South African and Liberia, as well as progress made with regard to finalising outstanding agreements.
August 10, 2017 12:56 UTC
By Callum PatonIntense bombing by the U.S-led coalition fighting to liberate Raqqa along with deadly clashes in the de-facto Syrian capital of the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) have pushed some of the last remaining Christians out of the city. The harsh subjugation of minorities such as Christians is one of ISIS’s calling cards throughout the Middle East. The group’s systematic murder and abuse of the ethnic Yazidis in Iraq has been called a genocide by the United Nations. The militants’ repression of other religious faiths it considers heretical has varies by degrees in the the territory it controlled. Read more of this storySource: News Now/Newsweek.com(Visited 31 times, 31 visits today)Commentscomments
August 10, 2017 12:33 UTC
A former counterterrorism expert for Turkey’s national police said the Islamic State is getting smarter about bypassing Western security and that events like last month’s failed terror plot in Australia are likely to occur more frequently. Ahmet S. Yayla’s comments in the Wall Street Journal came after reports emerged last week that the attempted terrorist attack in Australia involved explosives shipped from Turkey. Yayla said he believes that as ISIS fighters are driven out of places like Mosul and Raqqa, the group will be more likely to mobilize its sympathizers around the globe. Read more of this storySource: News Now/Fox News(Visited 14 times, 14 visits today)Commentscomments
August 10, 2017 09:00 UTC
Senator Prince Johnson’s recent pronouncement of settling the payment of the disbanded soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) salaries if he is voted to the country’s presidency, the head of the ex-soldiers say his group has no intention to support any presidential candidates in these elections. Speaking on a local radio station today, Col. Woloh Nagbe said the request by the Nimba County Senator, who is also an ex-general of the defunct Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia (INPFL) for them to vote for him come October 10, 2017 will not be possible, noting that no member of his group will get involved in politics. He said Senator Johnson’s request of calling on his group to vote for in the October elections will not be considered, but rather to request the UP-let Government to quickly settle their long-standing salaries arear. The disbanded soldiers over the past months have been threatening the pending elections that if their salaries remain unpaid, the holding of elections will not be held, a statement seems to be creating fears in most Liberians. (Visited 53 times, 53 visits today)Commentscomments
August 10, 2017 08:03 UTC