(LINA) –The Criminal Court “C” at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia Mondaydisbanded the entire 12-man jury sitting in the economic sabotage case involving former National port Authority (NPA) managing director Matilda Parker and comptroller Christiana Paelay.
Presiding Judge Blamo Dixon took the action upon a Supreme Court order following a Writ of Certiorari filed to Justice-in-Chambers, Jamesetta Wollokollie, by the prosecution on February 10, asking the court to instruct the judge to disband the entire jury for alleged jury tampering.
It was against this backdrop that the Supreme Court instructed the Judge to stay further proceedings in the case and cited him for a conference on February 29.
A letter addressed to Judge Dixon Monday stated: “the alternative writ of certiorari having been issued and the uncertainty of the length of time this matter will be handled by the Supreme Court Justice-in-Chamber, Associate Justice Jamesetta H. WoloKollie hereby orders that you forthwith disband the jury in this case due to manifest necessity.”
“The jury is hereby ordered to pack their personal belongings and personal effects and immediately depart the jury quarter without further delay,” Judge Dixon ordered.
Defendants Parker and Paelay were last year indicted by the Grand Jury of Montserrado County for allegedly robbing the government of US$837, 950.00, a charge they pleaded “not guilty” to after the reading of their indictment at Criminal Court “C”.