Representatives, J. Alex Tyler
Tyler Resists Joint Trial In Alleged Bribery Case
By Ballah M. Kollie
MONROVIA, February 15 (LINA) – Indicted former Speaker of the House of Representatives, J. Alex Tyler, has filed a resistance against government’s motion to amend its indictment to try all those indicted in the Sable Mining Bribery case together.
In his resistance filed Wednesday with Criminal Court “C”, Tyler argued that former Lands, Mines and Energy Minister Eugene Shannon, Bomi County Senator Morris Saytumah, former Chairman of the Public Procurement and Concession Commission Willie Belleh, Richard Tolbert, Andrew Groves and others were indicted during the November 2016 Term of Court and could therefore not be jointly prosecuted along with him.
“Wherefore and in view of the foregoing, Co-Respondent J. Alex Tyler prays your honor and this court to deny and dismiss movant’s motion to amend indictments that have not consolidated in its entirety and grant unto me any other and further relief as the law equity, justice and demand in the premises,” he said in his resistance filed Wednesday.
In a 15-count resistance, Tyler contends that the Criminal Procedure Law use of amendments means multiple amendments but not multiple indictments to be jointly amended without a combination of those amendments.
He noted that there are two separate and distant indictments by the Grand Jury of Montserrado County in two separate Terms of Court being May and November 2016.
Representative Tyler, Senator Varney Sherman, E.C.B. Jones, Christopher Onanuga and Sable Mining were indicted and charged in May 2016 for the crime Bribery, Criminal Conspiracy, Economic, Criminal Solicitation and Criminal Facilitation following the release of a Global Witness report in that month.
Similarly, Eugene Shannon, Morris Saytumah, Willie Belleh, Richard Tolbert, Andrew Groves and Klaus Piprek were charged during the November Term of the same year.
Arguments into the motion and resistance are expected to be heard Thursday by Criminal Court “C” Judge Yarmie Quiqui Gbeisay.