GNN investigation has uncovered that since the Impeachment of Supreme Court of Liberia Associate Justice Kabineh Muhammad Ja’neh who is also a renowned Liberian Muslim and his replacement with Yussif D. Kaba who previously served as a member of the Judicial Inquiry Commission, some Muslims who spoke to the GNN during the week are expressing concern of their absence at the judiciary despite their qualification in the sector.
On March 29, 2019, Associate Justice Ja’neh was found guilty by the Senate following his impeachment by the House of Representatives in August 2018 on four counts, including his issuance of a writ of prohibition as petitioned by major petroleum dealers in the country to stop the government from collecting levy/taxes of US$0.25 (road fund) imposed on the pump price of petroleum products.
During the controversial impeachment trial which was presided over by Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor, Sr., the Senate acquitted Ja’neh of all the charges, except, the road fund case, thus warranting his impeachment.
Ja’neh, through his lawyer prayed the Supreme Court not to admit the verdict into the Senate’s records because the procedure used to impeach him was unconstitutional, but his request was denied. He vowed to seek redress at the ECOWAS Court in demand of US$25 Million for Damages
Some renowned Muslim lawyers who spoke to GNN lamented that they have been unnoticed by the Supreme Court of Liberia despite their enormous qualifications at the level of the judiciary backed with their credentials from the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA) their appointments to these vacancies been created at the circuit level, it is unbelievable for their presence not to be felt.
Speaking further, our source said, even though there are many qualified Muslim lawyers but they have not been given the opportunity to serve in any of those circuit judges positions, stressing, “There should be equal representation at all level of the judiciary. The new judiciary law just signed into law by the Liberian Presidency gave give birth to two additional relieving judges positions, then again with the appointment of relieving judge his honor Yamie Quiqui Gbeisay automatically give room for the appointment of another relieving judge”, our source speaking further noted.
Being serious of these actions, our source further noted that the Eighth judicial circuit court in Nimba has all Mano or Gio judges even though there are competent Muslim lawyers within that circuit, our source noted with serious heartbreaking look.