27 June 2016

Liberia: Probate Court Flexes Muscle

Oumou Sirleaf Hage, one of the administrators of the Testate and Estate of the late Milad R. Hage and eighty-three (83) tenants of said estate have been held in 'Contempt of Court' and fined by the presiding judge of the Monthly and Probate Court, Eva Mappy Morgan.

Judge Morgan in her ruling Friday June 10, 2016 indicated that the failure of Madam Oumou Hage to comply with the court's order was defiance and is subsequently fined US$250.00.

The Monthly and Probate Court Judge ordered Madam Hage to produce all payment receipts and other related documents made from tenants of the Testate Estate of the late Milad R. Hage on Monday, June 13, 2016 in open court.

Judge Morgan warned that failure on the part of Madam Hage to produce said instruments before the court, could see action taken which could see the late Milad R. Hage wife deatain at the Monrovia Central Prison.

Judge Morgan fined the eighty three (83) tenants of the Testate Estate of the late Milad R. Hage one hundred(US$100) each for their failure to appear in open court to give reason why they should not be held in contempt.

Judge Morgan who is also the Chief Judge of the Commercial Court at the Temple of Justice took the action on June 10, 2016 in open court following the failure of Madam Hage to adhere to an order from the court.

According to Judge Morgan, Madam Hage who is the former wife of the late Milad R. Hage was ordered by the court to deposit all funds collected from the property of her late husband into the account of the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI).

At the same time, lawyers representing Madam Oumou S. Hage have been told to produce all receipts and other related documents in court.

The 83 tenants who were fined by the court were also given 72 hours to pay said fine into the Government of Liberia revenue account.

Meanwhile, Madam Oumou S. Hage who appeared in court confessed that she did not deposit funds into the account of the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) as was ordered the Monthly and Probate Court.

She informed the court when she appeared on June 10, 2016 that her decision not to deposit money into the account of LBDI was due to pressure from Ecobank to pay money credited from the bank.

She disclosed that some beneficiaries of the Testate Estate of the late Milad R. Hage received money including Noah Hage daughter of the late Hage who according to her received US$10,000 in 2016.

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