Witness Says Defense Minister’s Son ‘Legally Carrying Arm’

The Chief of Amory at the National Security Agency (NSA) Titus Nyankun Thursday appeared before the court and testified in favor of Michael Samukai facing charges of criminal attempt tp commit murder.

The NSA official’s appearance follows the issuance of a Writ of Subpoena duces tecum and ad testificandum on the Agency by the Criminal Court ‘A’ at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia.

A subpoena duces tecum is used to compel the production of documents that might be admissible before a court, while a subpoena ad testificandum is a court summons to appear and give oral testimony at a hearing or trial.

In his testimony before Roosevelt Willie, Presiding Judge of Criminal Court “A”, Nyankun said “given the nature of agent Samurai’s job, he is permitted by authorities of the agency to carry arm.”

According him, Samukai being an agent of the entity who has met all requirements to carry firearms was certificated and has a permit to bear arms.

His testimony addresses questions as to whether or not Samukai has the right to carry firearms.

The motion to serve the writ on the NSA was filed by state prosecutors who contended that the director or his deputy be made to testify in the matter.

Defendant Samukai is being tried on charges of criminal attempt to commit murder, aggravated assault and illegal possession of firearms.

The defense second witness described the gun as “FME (Fabric National Pistol) with serial number 61DMR10657 that carries 12-15 rounds.

In his testimony, Defendant Samukai alleged that his wife Charlotte Samukai was engaged in an extra marital affair with the victim.

He said to ascertain this he crept behind his wife who had gone on the beach along with her female friend to entertain themselves.

He admitted that upon seeing his wife with the victim, he engaged him in a fist fight during which the victim sustained bodily harm from the gun he was carrying.

The case continues on Monday, March 6, at Criminal Court “A” at the Temple of Justice on Capitol Hill in Monrovia.


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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.