Marketing Association case against Vice President Taylor transferred to Civil Court “B”
Monrovia – Civil Law Court “B” Becomes New Location for Case Involving Suspended Liberia Marketing Association President Alice
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Efforts on Monday 5 November to check with presiding judge Yussiff Kaba by soliciting comment on the transfer of the case were not possible.
The reporter learned that Judge Kaba had come out to sympathize with the family members of a fallen tribunal member.
However, a staff member of Civil Law Court “B” who requested anonymity confirmed that the case had been transferred to Court “B”, headed by Judge Scheapolur Dunbar. Our source did not specify what motivated the transfer of the case.
The transfer of the case comes as suspended LMA President Yeeban filed a new complaint against Vice President Taylor challenging her suspension.
The new lawsuit was filed after Civil Court “A” dismissed the suspended LMA president’s restraining order against the vice president’s decision to suspend her as president-elect of the Liberia Marketing Association , qualifying the suspension as illegal.
In the Civil Court ruling “A” rendered last month by President Kaba said the court could not grant Ms Yeebahn a declaratory judgment or a writ of prohibition on the grounds that she did not have the power to continue on behalf of the LMA. .
“This court says that the petition filed by petitioner Alice Yeeban is dismissed and the resistance of Vice President Taylor’s legal team granted because the petitioner does not have the power to prosecute on behalf of the LMA, but the petitioner has the right to sue in her own name as president of the LMA, ”added Judge Kaba’s ruling.
Following LMA Chairman Yeeban’s retrial before Judge Kaba, a concerned LMA trader, Lorpu Harris had cried foul.
Ms Harris told the newspaper on Monday that she suspected misconduct in the case because since Ms Yeeban filed a complaint against the vice president, the 10-day deadline for filing a statement has passed. The vice-president did not produce her statement, but no action was taken by the court.
Ms Harris yells but the judge could also not be reached on this charge due to his absence from court on Monday.
Ms. Yeeban was elected President of the LMA in Grand Bassa County on February 18, 2017 in the LMA’s general election for a four-year term.
A week after his election, some defeated candidates who ran for election challenged the result in court on the basis of alleged electoral malfeasance. Following the hearing, the civil court ruled in his favor, saying his accusers had failed to prove their case.
On August 28, 2018, Ms. Yeeban was suspended along with her Vice President and General Secretary by Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor for an alleged act of corruption.
In accordance with article 8 of the amended law of 2010 of the LMA, it is the General Assembly which has the power to remove or suspend any elected official who may investigate and be found guilty of corruption.