The Supreme Court today, Monday, February 6, 2017 fined the Chief Prosecutor, Darku Mulbah US$300.00 for failure to file the appropriate briefings to the full bench of the Supreme Court in the case ‘NPA Economic Sabotage’ involving former National Port Authority (NPA) Managing Director Matilda Parker and her Comptroller Christiana Kpabar Paelay prior to its hearing today.
The drama unfolded with the anticipation of dozens of friends, admirers and relatives of both accused as they sat attentively to listen to arguments from both sides as to why the accused should be held liable for any wrongdoing while serving their respective positions at the NPA.
As the entire court room remained quiet, the Chief Prosecutor who took the stand for nearly twenty minutes to justify why he should not be liable on his failure to provide briefings to the Honorable Supreme Court noted that the delay to provide briefings was due to the funeral of one of their colleagues, Judge Joseph Faiyah of Criminal Court ‘A’ who passed off following a brief illness.
As he ended his long explanation and excuses, the five Justices of the Supreme Court who were in full readiness to preside over the case and holistically render judgment in the alleged economic sabotage case baffled over excuses being provided by the Chief Prosecutor who is also County Attorney of Montserrado County.
In response to his numerous excuses, the Chief Justice of the Supreme County, His Honor Francis Korkpor likewise his colleagues appeared disappointed and fined Cllr. Darku Mulbah US$300.00 to be paid in 72-hour into Government Revenue for his failure to provide the Bench with briefing on today; a situation that would have given the Justices the insight of the case before today’s hearing.
Following the issuing of the fined on the Liberian Government Chief Prosecutor, Cllr. Darku Mulbah a fined which was prepared for him by the Justices for his failure to provide briefings was imposed by His Honor Chief Justice Francis Korkpor and at the same time ordering the suspension on the hearing of the case.
Both accused Madam Matilda W. Parker and Christiana Kpabar Paelay; former Managing Director and Comptroller respectively of the National Port Authority (NPA) who were smartly dressed were presence without any semblance of fright or worrying about the outcome of the case, while their legal team was moved by the decision of the Chief Justice.
Some observing who spoke to the GNN described the delay on the part of the Chief Prosecutor of Liberia, Cllr. Darku Mulbah as a delay tactics to deny justice to those justices due.