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High Court Slaps Prosecutors With US$300 Fine
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High Court Slaps Prosecutors With US$300 Fine
By Comfort M. Johnson

MONROVIA, February 6 (LINA) – The Supreme Court of Liberia has fined Montserrado County Attorney, Cllr. Darku Mulbah, and his team US$300 to be paid into government account within 72 hours.

The fine is a result of Cllr. Mulbah and his prosecuting team’s failure to in a timely manner file their brief in the case involving former National Port Authority Managing Director Matilda Parker and Comptroller Christiana Paleay.

They are charged with economic sabotage, theft of property, and criminal conspiracy for a transaction amounting to over US$800,000.

It can recalled that the case was taken to the Supreme Court following allegation of jury tampering in which nine jurors were suspected of receiving bribes and ordered arrested and detained at the Monrovia Central Prison in May last year.

Pleading against the fine, Cllr. Mulbah prayed the high court to relax the fine and allow them to file their brief before the close of day.

Responding, Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor said: “This is how you lawyers make things hard for us, especially when we are supposed to hear your case but are hindered by your failure to file a brief.”

Justice Korkpor pointed out that Prosecution lawyers are the largest law firm who have the resources to even employ more staff, “This is not correct,” he angrily replied and insisted that they pay the fine within the stipulated time.

Matilda Parker and Christiana Paelay were suspended in April 2015 following allegation of payment of over US$800,000 to a company that purported to be Denmar Enterprise

Parker was dismissed as Managing Director of the National Port Authority on Tuesday, December 1, 2015. The former NPA boss was arrested on July 21 and released on a US$1 million bond as the case continues.
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