LIBERIA: Supreme Court Lifts Stay Order On Presidential Task Force

The Supreme CourtWednesday lifted the stay order it placed on the operations of the Presidential Task Force headed by General Services Agency (GSA) Director General Mary T. Broh.

The court presided over by Associate Justice- in-Chamber Kabineh Ja’neh lifted the stay order with a mandate for the task force to halt the demolition of all structures with emphasis on those contested for by owners.

The decision followed arguments by both petitioners and defense counsels all of whom later expressed satisfaction with the high court's decision.

Petitioners, however, vowed to return to court should there be any contrary action on the part of the task force.

Earlier, Solicitor General Betty Blamo insisted going into the case on grounds of procedural errors in the presentation of the amended petition and prayed the court to throw the case out until the right things are done.

Justice Ja’neh, however, pleaded with Solicitor General Blamo to rest the technical argument so that the case can proceed in the interest of the state.

The decision of the nation’s highest court means that the Presidential Task Force can go ahead with the cleaning up of Monrovia and its environs, being mindful of the Court’s mandate to halt demolition of structures.

The petition for prohibition was filed by human rights lawyer Dempster Brown of the Center for Human Rights Protection backed by human rights lawyer Tiawon Gongloe of Gongloe and Associates, while the defense was led by Solicitor General Blamo.

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