Eight persons constituting an incomplete panel of jurors for the case involving former National Port Authority (NPA) Managing Director Matilda Parker and Comptroller Christina Kparbar-Paelay were selected on Tuesday at Criminal Court “C” in Monrovia.
The jurors were qualified by both prosecution and defense counsels following cross-examination of 24 candidates made available to the court by the Management of Jury team of the Judiciary.
The process presided over by Criminal Court “C” Judge A. Blamo Dixon witnessed the disqualification of 16 of the 24 persons put on the floor for reasons ranging from incompetence, unwillingness to serve and ill health, among others.
The completion of the selection process has been scheduled for Thursday, December 10, with the Management of Jury team ordered to prepare additional persons to complete the panel of 15 jurors.
It can be recalled that Grand Jurors of Montserrado County indicted Parker, Paelay, and Deneah Flomo for allegedly committing the crime of Economic Sabotage in flagrant violation of the New Penal Law of Liberia.
According to the indictment, the co-defendants made fraudulent payments of funds from the accounts of the NPA to Co-defendant Flomo, for their personal use and benefits.
"The Co-Defendants, Matilda Parker and Christiana Kpabar Paleay, knowingly, intentionally, and for the purpose of carrying out their criminal scheme, colluded and conspired to evade procurement processes and violated the Public Procurement and Concession Act by sole sourcing Deneah M. Flomo and his Denmar Enterprise and awarding two contracts to Deneah M. Flomo and his Denmar Enterprise on behalf of the National Port Authority (NPA) for the removal of wrecks from the port of Greenville, and the provision of security consultancy as a purported Recognized Security Organization (RSO) at the ports of Monrovia, Greenville and Buchanan valued at US$500,000.00 and US$300,000.00 respectively,” the indictment reads.