The former Managing Director of the National Port Authority (NPA), Matilda Wokie Parker, has sent a passionate plea to the George Weah led government, via the Judicial Branch to urgently proceed with theUS$837,950.00economic sabotagecharge levied against her by the past government.
It can be recalled that Madam Parker and her Comptroller, Mrs. Christiana Kpabar - Paelay, were together indictedin 2015 on numerous crimes including economic sabotage, theft of property and criminal conspiracy in the amount of US$837,950.00.
Prosecution charged the indicted former officials of plotting and awarding two contracts to Mr. Deneah M. Flomo and his Denmar Enterprise, which valued US$500,000 and US$300,000.
Prosecution further alleged that Flomo and his enterprise were contracted to remove wrecks from the Port of Greenville in Sinoe County, and to provide security consultancy at the ports of Monrovia, Buchanan, and Greenville.
But, the State says the contractor, Flomo and his Denmar Enterprise, did not have knowledge regarding the contracts, and the required services were not rendered to the NPA.
It can also be recalled that Defendant Parker went on trial formally in January 2016 after winning a legal battle over the prosecution when the Court overturned the decision of the prosecution to challenge a US$1.2 million insurance bond as being minute when the court indicated that the law forbids excessive bail.
However, midway into the trial in February 2016, it was cutoff by the court and an investigation was launched into an allegation of jury tampering by the presiding Judge, Blamo Dixon, when the prosecution allegedly intercepted a letter addressed to three of the sequestrated jurors, something they claimed amounted to tampering.
During the trial in 2016, prosecutors demanded Judge Dixon to disband the entire jury panel after alleging that police officers assigned at the jury quarter intercepted communications from bailiffs William Nyankun and Bendu Dukuly that were intended for some jurors in the case.
But Judge Dixon refused to dismiss the entire jury panel, but he later removed jury foreman Kissi Kamara, jurors Melvin Teah Neowen and Kebbeh Kollie to whom letters were allegedly addressed.
He also fined and removed bailiffs William Nyankun and Bendu Dukuly from guarding the jurors.
It can also be recalled that the Supreme Court Justice In-Chambers, Jamesetta Howard-Wolokolie ruled and disbanded the entire jury, thereby joining the case and instituting a committee to investigate allegations of jury tampering; though the outcome of that investigation is yet to be made public by the Judiciary.
However, on Tuesday May 3, 2016, Associate Justice-In –Chambers, Jamessetta Howard-Wolokollie ruled that the presiding Judge of the Criminal Court “C,” Blamo Dixon made a mistake; when he disbanded few of the jurors in the case and left the rest to continue.
“Wherefore and in view of the foregoing, it is the ruling of this court that the lower court resumes jurisdiction in this case,” said Associate Justice Wolokollie.
The ruling of the Associate Justice, which was accepted by the prosecution, was met with an exception by the defense counsels of the two former NPA officials.
“Your honors, respondent excerpts to the ruling and announces an appeal to the full bench of the Supreme Court.” The request was granted by Justice Wolokollie.
An appeal process has 60 days to meet all formalities.
However, Madam Parker expressed optimism that the Weah led government could see serious reason in prioritizing the economic sabotage indictment charge against her which has reportedly tarnished her hard-earned reputation.
According to her, the government headed by President George M. Weah, through the Court needs to focus on the over US$800,000 economic sabotage case in clearing her name from the huge charge; which was levied against her during the administration of ex-President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
Speaking in an exclusive interview on Sunday July 8, 2018 at the Commission Baptist Church in Gardnerville, when she served as guest speaker, Madam Parker further mentioned that the economic sabotage case; which was widely publicized during the past government by media houses and their practitioners, needs to be urgently adjudicated, void of any delay that is detrimental against her character; which she has built for decades.
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