Court suspends Solicitor General For Jurors Tempering

By Comfort M. Johnson|

(LINA) – The Criminal Court “A” Presiding Judge Roosevelt Willie  has with immediate effect suspended Liberia’s Solicitor General, Nyenti Tuan, from further prosecuting the former Chief Justice Gloria Musu-Scott and three of her relatives charged with murder, criminal conspiracy and making false report to government officials for juror tempering.

Criminal Court “A” Judge Willie took the decision on Monday, September 18, 2023 after a formal complaint was filed by the Judiciary’s Court Administration against Cllr. Tuan for secretly entering the premises of the Temple of Justice during the night hours (8:00PM), moved to the Jurors’ quarter and interacted with officers of the Liberia National Police assigned to protect the jurors from interference and manipulation.

A US$250.00 fine was imposed on Cllr. Tuan to be paid in the Judiciary Account within 72 hours or three days, effective as of the date of the ruling.

Judge Willie’s decision comes after a chambers conference on allegation that the Solicitor General, Cllr. Nyenti Tuan entered the premises of the Temple of Justice at 8:00pm with several police officers, while Trial Jurors were being sequestrated.

He stated, “0 n September 15, 2023, a communication subject: NIGHT ENTRY OF THE TEMPLE OF JUSTICE PREMISES sent to the Court Administrator, copy of which was forwarded to this Court, to conduct an investigation and take the appropriate legal action, said investigation was conducted.”

He continued: “in the said report, the Judiciary Security Officers stated that the Solicitor General, Cllr. Nyanti Tuan, entered the Temple of Justice premises at 8:00pım and deliberated with the Police officer assigned at the Jury Quarter but did not interact or interfere with any of the jurors.

Accordingly and although, the case had been assigned for the same Monday, September 18, 2023, it was suspended and the parties, meaning, the Prosecution and Defense Teams, were cited into the Judge’s Chamber and after reading the Investigation Reports from the Jury Management and Judiciary Security Services, the alleged offender, Cllr. Nyanti Tuan, Solicitor General of the Republic Liberia, was ordered to comment on said Report.

When reacting to the report, Cllr. Tuan told the Court that indeed, he visited the premises of the Temple of Justice on the day and date as stated in the Investigation Report along with. some officers of the Liberia National Police but it was around 5:30-6:00 pm but not 8:00 p.m.

According to the Solicitor General, he met with the Judiciary Security Services assigned at the gate and the Judiciary’s security escorted him (Tuan)  to interact with his officers assigned at the Jury Quarter but he did not interact neither did he interfere with any of the jurors.

According to him, he wanted to advise his officers for them to be vigilant and careful in their duty at the Jury Quarter because, he did not want to experience the same situation that occurred with the US$100 million dollars drugs case that was heard in Criminal Court ‘C’ wherein the Government lost that case.

The Solicitor General further stated that they got last minutes information concerning the trial jurors that were sequestrated during the 100 million dollars drug case which was not favorable for the government and the Trial Jurors who were sequestrated and brought down a NOT GUILTY VERDICT in favor of the defendants.

Upon listening to the Solicitor General, Cllr. Nyanti Tuan’s admittance to visiting the premises of the Temple of Justice at odd hours without any notice to the Court, along with police officers, the Court ruled that Cllr. Nyanti Tuan be suspended from further taking part in the trial as one of the Government lawyers.

The Court further ruled that the officers in persons of: Amos Korkollie, Titus Massah, Webster J. Paye and Lassana Liazolu presently assigned at the Jury Quarter with whom the Solicitor General interacted are hereby expelled from further forming part of the security team assigned at the Jury Quarter.

Judge Willie ordered the Clerk of Court to write Inspector General of Liberia National Police to forward the names of the four police officers to the Court

The case has been reassigned to be continued.

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