- Search Results
 
 
Court Reserves Ruling In Sherman’s Alleged Bribery Case
Date Uploaded: Dec 21, 2016

Temple Of Justice

 

Court Reserves Ruling In Sherman’s Alleged Bribery Case

By Ballah M. Kollie

MONROVIA, December 20 (LINA) – Criminal Court “C” Judge Yamie Gbeisay has reserved ruling in a motion calling for the dismissal and quashing of charges brought against Grand Cape Mount County Senator H. Varney G. Sherman for his alleged link to a bribery scandal.

“Having listened to the pros and cons, ruling on this motion is hereby reserved to be delivered on Thursday, December 22.

Senator Sherman is being tried in connection with an alleged bribery scandal along with E.C.B. Jones, Christopher Onanuga and Sable Mining being prosecuted by the Republic of Liberia.

It is recalled that in May this year Global Witness release a report in which it said several past and current government officials took bribe as consultancy fees to change a portion of the mining law of the land.

It indicated clearly that Senator Sherman and his Sherman and Sherman Law Firm serving as legal counsel of Sable Mining participated in the deal.

Following release of the report, government dragged the three, including former House Speaker J. Alex Tyler, to court on the alleged charges of bribery.

Senator Sherman, E.C.B. Jones and Christopher Onanuga filed US$1.5 million criminal appearance bond with the court on May 25 this year.

In their seven count motion, the legal counsels of Senator Sherman said being fully aware that a writ of subpoena Duces Tecum had been quashed before Criminal Court “A,”  the reissuance of subpoena Duces Tecum was irregular and inconsistent with the governing provision of the Civil and Criminal Procedure laws of the country.

They further argued that the writ of subpoena Duces Tecum was heard by Judge Boima Kontoe on May 30 to which they took exception and announced an appeal to the Supreme Court where the case still remains.

Sherman’s lawyers also argued that the application and subsequent issuance of the writ of subpoena Duces Tecum was irregular because the republic and the court had failed to give the movant notice as is required by law.

“Movant say that because of all the irregularities averred in the counts, it is only proper and expedient that Judge Gbeisay issue a stay order, ordering the banking institutions to stay the production of the Counselor Sherman’s bank statement pending the outcome of the hearing,” they insisted.

Even while government lawyers have declared that they have overwhelming evidence to convict the indictees, they say that they rely heavily on Sherman’s bank statement as key component of their evidences as it is through this account that the money was transferred by Sable Mining.  

LINA BMK/PTK

latest headlines
LNFS Craves More Support To Mitigate Fire Outbreaks
The Liberia National Fire Service (LNFS), has called for more capacity building training, empowerment and logistics to help mitigate fire outbrea ...more
‘Women Will Vote Those Who Champion Their Cause’ - Solanke
The Executive Director of Community Healthcare, Naomi Solanke, has cautioned that women will only support aspirants who will champion their cause ...more
Gender Official Vouches For Post-Ellen Platform
An Assistant Minister at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection is calling for the setting up of a platform for the post-Ellen er ...more
“CBE Model Successful,” Monrovia City Mayor
The Mayor of the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC), Clara Doe Mvogo, says the Community-Based Enterprise (CBE) model has been successful in the mun ...more
NGO Shares Global Youth Service Day With Nimba Orphans
Over 150 orphans of the House of Hope Orphanage in Ganta, Nimba County have had a different taste of the observance of Global Youth Services Day ...more
Urbanization Critical for Liberia's Development - Leon
The Program Manager of the Cities Alliance in Liberia says urbanization is critical to the development of cities in the country in the future. ...more
 
All rights reserved © 2013 - 2014
Liberia News Agency