Temple Of Justice
Jury Declares Samukai Not Guilty
By Ballah M. Kollie
MONROVIA, March 12 (LINA) – The 12-member Trial Jury at Criminal Court “A” has pronounced a not-guilty verdict in favor of Michael Samukai, son of Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai.
In their verdict, the jurors said: “After careful consideration of the records we unanimously found the defendant not guilty of the crime as stated in the indictment.”
Samukai was charged on September 16, 2016 for multiple offences, including aggravated assault, criminal attempt to commit murder and illegal possession of firearm.
He is said to have met his victim Zardee Andrews with his wife on Tuesday, September 13, at Tropicana Beach in Thinkers Village where the shooting took place during a scuffle between the two men.
He reportedly suspected his wife of extra-marital affairs with the victim for which he followed them on the beach where she was celebrating her birthday.
Following the not-guilty verdict, prosecution lawyers filed a motion for the setting aside of the verdict for what it termed “Jury Tampering” by the brother to Samukai.
According to them, “They saw the defendant’s brother talking to the Fore-lady and Bailiff on two separate occasions.”
However, Judge Roosevelt Willie denied the application, stating that his investigation of the two complaints reveals no foul play, and that if prosecution saw the situation as a reason to change the trial, they should have filed a motion, rather than wait for the verdict before raising the issue as a reason to set aside the ruling.
Judge Willie then set free Michael Samukai, and ordered the Clerk of Court to return to him his bail bond and all constitutional rights.
Meanwhile, drama engulfed the compound of the Temple of Justice following the release of Samukai as his relatives and lawyers engaged in heated exchanges.