LIBERIA: Court Grants Motion For Severance Trial In NPA Case

Criminal Court ‘C’ Presiding Judge Blamo Dixon has granted the motion for severance trial and discovery filed by lawyers for suspended National Port Authority(NPA) managing director and its comptroller.

Defendants Matilda Parker, suspended NPA director, and Christina Kpabar-Paelay, comptroller, were early this year indicted and charged with allegedly robbing government of US$837, 950.

Handing down the ruling Thursday, Judge Dixon said he was granting the request because the prosecution interposes no objection to the two motions, adding, “The court herby grants said motions as provided for under our law.”

Judge Dixon further said that the two motions raised legal issues and are part of the constitutional rights of the defendants, for which reason the prosecution was constrained to concur with the contents of the motion.

He then assured the defendants that the court will give them a free, impartial, public and transparent trial as provided for by the constitution and statutes of the Republic of Liberia.

He indicated that in compliance with the motion for discovery, the court acknowledges receipt of a memorandum of understanding by and between the NPA and Denmar Enterprises for the provision of port security coordination under the international ship port security department.

He also spoke of another memorandum of understanding by and between NPA and Denmeah Flomo for the removal of wrecks from the ports operating under the NPA.

He said the court also acknowledges receipt of all the instruments concerning the case and that same shall be turned over to the defense team to study and prepare the defense for the defendants.

He then ordered the clerk of the court to turn over the instruments to the defense team.
The case continues on Tuesday, November 17.

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