LIBERIA: ‘We Have Lost Many Cases Then Past Regimes’ – Liberia’s Solicitor General Declares
Liberia’s Solicitor General Cllr. Sayma Syrennius Cephus has admitted that under his regime as Solicitor General, the government of Liberia has lost many cases then past regimes.
Cllr. Cephus was appointed by the Coalition of Democracy Change led administration as Liberia Chief Prosecutor to fight cases involving the government, but the government has lost cases ranging from the Oliver Dillon case, the US$2.6 billon case among others.
“We have lost many cases before the court than any other government,” Cllr. Cephus said.
Speaking during a program making the formal opening of circuit courts A, B, C, D and E at the Temple of Justice, the Liberia’s Chief Prosecutor has however hailed Liberians for addressing their disenchantments through the court process.
According to Cllr. Cephus, Liberians should not damage the image and credibility of the judiciary because they were once victims of the court procedures.
CHIEF JUSTICE FRANCIS KORKPOR
Meanwhile, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia Francis Korkpor has sharply reacted to Cllr. Cephus’ statement, saying at the level of the court, cases are not decided based on who is who but straightly based on the records.
“When we are deciding cases especially at the level of the Supreme Court, we do not think of who is going to win or who is going to lose; we do not think of how many cases this party has won or this man has lost, no; we do not look at names when we deciding cases,” Chief Justice Korkpor asserted.
According to him, ruling from the Supreme Court is not a pick and choose game, as such the solicitor general should not blame the court for cases lost.
“When you have a query with a decision of the court, analyze it and say this decision does not meet the threshold but do not come say many cases are won on this side, suppose that side presents essential issues, they should win!” adding “so that mening-manimo we should be doing, no, it does not work that way,” he added.
Chief Justice Korkpor further averred that the judiciary is a difficult task as it risks judges lives and it puts them at odds with their friends.
He however urged judges, justices and magistrate not seek favor from anybody before running down verdict, adding that if it causes them to pass judgment 100 times because a person is wrong 100 times they will do that without fear or favor.