J. Alex Tyler
Court Upholds Tyler’s Request For Evidence In ‘Bribery’ Case
By Ballah M. Kollie
MONROVIA, December 15 (LINA) – Criminal Court “C” Judge Yamie Quiqui Gbeisay has granted a motion for the disclosure of all species of evidence implicating former House Speaker J. Alex Tyler and all involved in the Sable Mining Corruption case within 10 days.
In his ruling Thursday at the Temple of Justice on Capitol Hill, Judge Gbeisay said the former speaker’s motion for the disclosure of all evidence in the possession of prosecuting Attorney, whether in his favor or against, is granted and to all accused of involvement in the case within 10 days as of December 16.
The motion for disclosure was filed on August 4 in keeping with Chapter 17, section 17.3 of the Criminal Procedure Law which provides for the disclosure of evidence to parties in a case.
Following the filing of the motion, prosecuting attorneys insisted that they would not make disclosure on grounds that co-defendants Varney Sherman and Sherman Incorporated had objected to the subpoena that calls for the production of the Bank Accounts in which the monies were deposited.
According to prosecution, the bank account constitutes a major part of the evidence and would therefore not make partial disclosure.
However, Judge Gbeisay ruled that the motion of Representative Tyler would neither be overruled nor denied, especially when there is an appeal in the subpoena before the Supreme Court for its opinion.
The former Speaker of the House of Representatives, along with Senator Varney Sherman and his law firm, as well as E.C.B. Jones, Christopher Onanuga and Sable Mining, is facing four counts of criminal charges.
Sable Mining is said to have awarded over US$950,000 as bribes through Senator Sherman and the Sherman Incorporated, serving as its legal representative, to the above-named individuals to change a segment of the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission Law in favor of the company to win the concession agreement to the Wologisi Mines.