28 February 2014

Liberia: Lawyer Lashes Mills Jones

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The Supreme Court of Liberia

Counselor Sayma Cyrenius Cephas is strongly condemning Dr. J. Mills Jones' case pushed by loyalists against the Legislature before the Supreme Court, warning that people should stop harassing the Court with lots of cases that have no merit.

Cllr. Cephas terms as "cartoon" and one intended to lavish money on lawyers, the case Central Bank of Liberia Executive Governor Dr. J. The Mills Jones' solidarity group filed before the Supreme Court to overturn some amended provisions in the Bank's Act.

"That case is a cartoon and lawyers will just eat the money behind the case; there is no law. There must be an existing law before it's challenged at the Supreme Court. People must stop harassing the court with lots of cases that have no merit. They will just eat that money," Cllr. Cephas said Wednesday, just after the court trashed the petition.

Expressing his opinion to the NewDawn, the lawyer contends that the high court only accepted to cite the Legislature and the Central Bank of Liberia or CBL's representatives to hear what they had to say, as it was their right to be heard.

On behalf of the CBL, a group under the banner National Citizen Solidarity Council filed a petition before the Supreme Court through Cllrs. Theophilus C. Gould and Laveli Supuwood, requesting the high court to determine the amendment of some provisions in the CBL's Act.

Fears had been held here by Dr. Jones' supporters that the amendment prohibiting sitting CBL Executive Governor, deputy and board of governors from active politics or resign three years prior to politics, would affect Governor Jones, who is suspected to having presidential ambition.

The Supreme Court Wednesday trashed the petition filed by the National Citizen Solidarity Council, requesting the court to determine as unconstitutional, lawmakers' amendment of the CBL Act.

Rather, the presiding Justice in Chambers Associate Justice Jamesetta Wolokollie found that the petition was premature as it has not been signed into law to be discussed.

Despite losing the battle before the high court, lead lawyer for the solidarity group, Cllr. Gould says they are not deterred, maintaining that some articles, specifically Articles 11 and 15 of the Liberian Constitution were contravened by the amendment.

He argued Wednesday, February 26, just after losing the case that the amendment was segregative, with fears that the new amendment will not only affect Governor Jones, but also future governors of the Central Bank.

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