Court postpones Valleah Telleh Appearance To Testify In Ongoing Former Chief Justice, Three others Murder Trial
By Comfort Johnson |
The criminal court A” has postponed defendant Cllr. Gloria Musu Scott, and three others trial where Varlee Telleh was expected to testify in the ongoing murder trial involving the former Chief Justice, Cllr. Gloria Musu Scott and three others.
The postponement was done by the Court due to endless strike action by staffers of the Monrovia Central Prison Officers in demand of their pay for the just ended Liberia National elections money which was supposed to be paid to them.
In view of the ongoing strike action at the prison compound, Judge Willie stated that the court wishes to inform the parties and subpoena persons to appear in Wednesday December 6, 2023.
“We receive a report from the Monrovia Central Prison where the Prison authorities has informed the Court that they are not accepting any Prisoners in the court neither are they allowing any inmates to get out” Judge Willie noted.
Judge Willie furthered that, the Court through their director Varney Lake that the Prison workers said that they supposed to receive said money that they have not received and therefore until they can receive that money.
Judge Willie stated that director Lake also informed Court that they will not allow any inmates to go to prison or come out.
The Judge said when they receive this information, the court called the Minister of Justice, Frank Musa Dean, to inform him about the situation and how serious it is because it is the second time it has occurred and the case supposed to expeditiously handled and completed forthwith.
Judge Willie noted that Minister Dean also informed the court that they will handle everything possible.
He stressed that the court will resume these proceedings and that is the reason the defendants and trial jurors not in court.
“We since we do know when they will solve this problem, we do not want to reschedule this case for tomorrow but rather for Wednesday, December 6, 2023, at 9:45am prompt.
Judge Willie stated that if subpoena witnesses Kojie, Telleh and others that were mandated to appear, adding that the court says they rescheduled and informed parties, because the law requires that the defendants be present at any hearing such as this a criminal trial and these are the reasons why the court cannot go into the case.