US judge issues warrant for arrest of developer

Developer Garrett Kelleher: described issuing of warrant as “surreal” and said an appeal against it was under way. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

A US district judge has issued a warrant for the arrest of developer Garrett Kelleher and Irish-Canadian lawyer Martin Kenney, over their failure to appear before him in a costs hearing related to a $65 million insurance claim.

Mr Kelleher loaned money to a company that helped fund an insurance claim brought by a Liberian business, Abi Jaoudi & Azar Trading (AJA), against US company Cigna Worldwide (CWW) for damage suffered during the African country’s civil war in 1990.

US district judge Paul Diamond has issued a warrant for the arrest of the Irish developer and Mr Kenney, who previously advised AJA, for contempt of court over their decision not to appear at a costs hearing related to the case in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, last December.

The alleged contempt is a misdemeanour – a minor offence – which means that neither can be extradited to the US on foot of the judge’s warrant. Both decided against appearing in December as they do not accept the Philadelphia court’s jurisdiction in the case.

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Source: News Now/ The Irish Times

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.