Cummings blames CDC-led government for delay in court trial

By Dyujay Jackson

Mr. Alexander B. Cummings, head of the CPP

The Alternative National Congress Political Leader Alexander Cummings has described as political influence of the CDC led government tactic to delay his trial at the Monrovia City court.

Cummings speaking to team of journalists Monday following a ruling in a motion filed by the prosecution against him and two other defendants termed the government moves to prosecute him as a “travesty of Justice.”

He noted that though the court has ruled against a request by government lawyers to produce a document unlawfully, these moves are for “selfish political motives.”

According to him, the government is embarrassed about his continued stance against corruption and other vices directly affecting Liberians.

Nevertheless, he has promised to remain vocal on the travesty of justice which he said is being observed in the ongoing trial of the ANC leadership.

However, Cummings is optimistic that the overwhelming support from citizens across the country proves he and others on trial are innocent of allegations level against them.

On Monday, the Monrovia City Court Judge Jomah Jallah dismissed the motion of “Subpeona-Du-cistecum” requested for by prosecutions against the ANC Political Leaders and two of his party’s office including the party Chairman Daniel Naatehn and Secretary-General Aloysius Toe.

Following that motion and correspondent resistant thereto, Judge Jallah noted that in line with Section 14.1 of the Civil Procedure Law, which provides that said request may require the attendance of a person to give testimony, book, document or other things or both, a request of such shall be issued by the Judge or Clerk.

As such, he noted that the motion is denied, consistent with 14.1 as Prosecution requested.

“Consistent with 14.1 vis-à-vis prosecution application, this court is reluctant to issue the said “Subpeana-Duce-stecum” because the institution named to produce said instrument in the mind of the court cannot do same because the holder of the information is not within Liberia and said instruments are far-fetch from producing them, as such the motion is denied.” Judge Jallah asserted.

This means, Prosecution, led by Cllr. Syrenius Cephus’s request that WhatsApp text messages in the Collaborating Political Party WhatsApp Chatroom be produced has been denied.

For a separate motion by Prosecution, requesting Defendant Cummings to produce his Passport in other to establish whether or not he visited his sick mother in the USA, Judge Jallah clarified that said application is beyond the jurisdiction of the Monrovia City Court.

“This court says the application made is beyond the jurisdiction of this court, on grounds that the mandate for said travel came from Criminal Court ‘A’ and the traveling process was produced by court ‘A’ and submitted to the Monrovia City Court,” Judge Jallah added.

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