LIBERIA: Criminal Court “C” Completes Jury Selection For Parker, Others Case

The Criminal Court “C” at the Temple of Justice Thursday completed the selection of 15 jurors needed to begin the case involving former National Port Authority (NPA) Managing Director Matilda Parker and Comptroller Christina Kparbar-Paelay.

Earlier on Tuesday, eight jurors out of 24 persons nominated by the Jury Management Office were selected following a rigorous evaluation exercise conducted by both prosecution and defense counsels.

To complete the selection of the remaining seven jurors Thursday, the central offices of jury management also nominated 22 prospective jurors out of whom seven were qualified.

Of the 15, three will alternate while 12 will be confined at the jury quarters at the Temple of Justice.

Meanwhile, selection of officers of jurors has been scheduled for Tuesday, December 15, at the court.

It can be recalled that the Grand Jury 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 defendants made fraudulent payments of funds from the accounts of the NPA to Co-defendant Flomo, for their personal use and benefits.

The indictment said Parker and 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 on behalf of the NPA.

The contracts were 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 indicated.

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