Heritage (Monrovia)

26 February 2013

Liberia: Sando Johnson - Talks Smoothly Ongoing for Taylor's Benefits

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Former Liberian president Charles Taylor in court.

The official spokesman of the family of former Liberian President Charles Ghankay Taylor, Bomi County Senator Sando Johnson, says talks are smoothly ongoing between the Government of Liberia (GOL) and their lawyers over the payment of benefits of the former Liberian leader.

It can be recalled that on January 28, 2013, the family of Mr. Taylor sued the GOL at the Supreme Court of Liberia in demand of Mr. Taylor's benefits as the 21st President of Liberia. The Supreme Court is the final arbiter of justice in the country.

Prior to that, Liberian Senate, in its first session of its second sitting, placed on its agenda, Mr. Taylor's communication in which he is demanding from the current government all of his benefits as 21st President of Liberia.

In former president Taylor's communication of demand for presidential benefits, he is requesting the GoL to annually release unto him as a former head of state of Liberia, US$25,000, since according to him, he honorably turned over office on 11 August 2003.

This means that the GoL will have to pay US$225,000 to Mr. Taylor for nine years as a former President. Former President Taylor, who used legal reliance as the basis of his demand in his communication, quoted Session 1.4 of the New Executive Law, Session 2.4 of the New Legislative Law and Session 13.4 of the New Judiciary Law respectively.

The former Liberian president's communication, which was read on the floor of the Plenary of the Senate, instructed his wife, Mrs. Victoria Taylor to make herself available to the Liberian government relative to further discussions regarding his presidential benefits. According to Senator Johnson, government has agreed to do an out of court settlement regarding the payment of Mr. Taylor's benefits.

In an interview with the state owned Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS), Senator Johnson disclosed: "Lawyers representing Mr. Taylor were told to resolve the matter in house. As things are going, government is cooperating."

Meanwhile, the Bomi County lawmaker has refuted allegation regarding the ill health condition of Mr. Taylor.

He added that Mr. Taylor is well and normal and that he has been in regular communications with his family.

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