Civil Court Judge Yousif Kaba to ‘replace’ Supreme Court Judge Kabineh Ja’neh – FrontPageAfrica

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MONROVIA FrontPageAfrica has gathered from irreproachable sources that the judge of the Court of Civil Law, Yousif Kaba, is called to join the magistracy if the associate judge Kabineh Ja’neh is dismissed.

The source of the executive mansion hinted FrontPageAfrica that a number of names of qualified and experienced judges have already been submitted to the president’s office, but Judge Kaba appears to be a priority on the list.

FrontPageAfrica was told President George Weah would make an early appointment if the incumbent is impeached – a much anticipated move in presidential circles. The swift appointment aims to help the Supreme Court speed up the processing of the more than 300 cases on its docket, the source said.

In his speech at the court’s March tenure opening last Monday, Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpr noted that there was a lot of work to be done at the Supreme Court, especially with the high number of pending cases.

Lawyers representing Judge Ja’neh at the impeachment hearing believe the trial is politically motivated and the reasons given for the impeachment have no basis for putting him to such a trial.

The selection of Judge Kaba, according to sources from Executive Mansion, is aimed at appeasing the Mandingo ethnic group who believe Judge Ja’neh’s impeachment trial is a witch hunt against them. Members of the Muslim Council, the Mandinka community, the National Bar Association and certain political actors are consulted on the decision.

Mounting resistance

Members of the Muslim community across the country have expressed their distaste for the trial through various protests.

On February 28, a group of Muslims from the town of Gbarnga, Bong County, under the banner of the Coalition of the Islamic Organization – Bong Chapter, gathered peacefully to protest and condemn the ongoing impeachment process. .

The group said the impeachment proceedings against Judge Ja’neh are not only unconstitutional, but lack any legal basis.

The main street of Gbarnga was filled with colorful signs carrying slogans: “Stop Ja’neh impeachment trial for peace and stability”, “Impeachment is not for Judge Ja’neh alone, let’s stand up against her. ”

Protesters began the procession chanting, “Ja’neh is our only high-level person in government and removing him would be a blow to us.”

Group chairman Sheikh Sheriff said the process leading to Ja’neh’s impeachment was not only unconstitutional, but lacked a basis for conviction.

“The march of thousands of participants in Bong County and other parts of the country sends the message that Muslims stand with Ja’neh,” he added.

He described the impeachment process as a “direct attack” on the nation and social stability of Liberia. “This is an attack on the Muslim community and respect for the rule of law,” he said.

The sheriff has said the charges against Ja’neh are unfounded and lack substance. “It is also an attempt to reduce the judiciary,” he said.

At the same time, the Chief Imam of Liberia, Sheikh Ali Krayee, told a press conference that the impeachment of Judge Ja’neh was a test for the Senate to prove he was the backbone of the country’s governance structure.

Chief Imam Krayee said: “This Senate which has so far hosted some of our country’s respected and experienced citizens is now being put to the test. Today, they can prove to Liberia and to the world that the 54th Legislature is the backbone of our governance structure.

He continues: They can also confirm the view of many that this is an absolutely unnecessary entity that only serves to weigh on our struggling small economy. But beyond that, the honorable men and women of this Senate are able to elevate Liberia’s image on the world stage as an admirable and respectable nation or to confirm the perception in many quarters that our dear country is the scene of West Africa’s tragic comedy. ”

Chief Imam Krayee also claimed that Judge Ja’neh’s impeachment trial is a “dangerous miscalculation and unfortunate misstep” that could plunge Liberia into a long period of uncertainty and derail the process. peace and reconciliation.

Why is Ja’neh impeached?

Ja’neh faces a lawsuit for having acquired “illegally” a property of the 40-year-old son of Madame Annie Constant. He is also accused of having acquired the minutes of the House of Representatives criminally and of having agreed with others to deny the government money intended to finance road projects in Liberia, but the courts have denied all these allegations.

Montserrado County District No.8 representative, who is a key engineer in the impeachment of Judge Ja’neh, Moses Acarous Gray, said Annie filed a complaint with him, accusing Deputy Judge Ja’neh of having illegally taken his land.

According to Representative Gray, he took the matter to plenary and a committee was set up to investigate the matter.

He testified that amendments and recommendations were made which resulted in the impeachment of Judge Ja’neh. Representative Gray recounted that Annie’s husband is a former Liberian army general and also a former lawmaker.

Representative Gray said Annie’s husband had been missing for a few years and that in 1996 Deputy Judge Ja’neh allegedly took their property illegally while the Liberians were fleeing the war.

The representative of District 8 of Montserrado County further accused Judge Ja’neh of using his office to prevent the government from gaining access to road funds saved at the rate of 50 cents on every oil brought into the country.

Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe, president of the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA) is strongly opposed to the impeachment trial. Among several other reasons, Cllr. Gongloe argues that listing actions or conduct against the Supreme Court judge does not constitute an impeachment offense. Cllr. Gongloe: “Two of the actions listed have direct links with this Court. In one case, Justice Ja’neh was a party to a Supreme Court case. In the other, he exercised a judicial function in which his decision was subject to review by the entire judiciary. Yet Judge Ja’neh is subject to a hearing on matters for which the judiciary and a chambers judge are protected by the Constitution of Liberia.


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