Monrovia-Monrovia City Court Judge, Jomah Jallah, has denied the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission’s (LACC) requests to the Monrovia City Court to reschedule its legal hearing with Bishop John Allen Klayee and four other public officials for Friday, August 20, after they were banned from leaving the Country.
Judge Jallah on Wednesday, according to Freedom FM Judicial Correspondent, ruled that the record showed that only respondent Duannah Kamara’s lawyers met the legal requirement under the rule of service; contrary to LACC Chief Prosecutor Cllr. Jerry Garlawulo’s plead for delay.
“Respondent Kamara’s legal team did serve LACC’s lawyers on time, but Bishop John Allen Klayee and others legal teams fail to meet the legal deadline for service,” Judge Jallah stressed.
Despite denying the LACC’s application for extension, the matter was adjourned by the Court, pending notices of assignments from Duannah Kamara’s lawyers.
Freedom FM further gathered that Judge Jallah’s Wednesday, August 18, adjournment is consistent with rules and regulations governing the Magisterial Courts.
According to the rules, “criminal cases shall be held during morning hours and civil cases in the afternoon.”
Bishop Allen Klayee, George Youh, Duannah Kamara, Charles Gull, and Amara Kamara have since questioned LACC’s travel ban against them, through an application filed before the Monrovia City Court.
The respondents’ lawyers argued that the Court lacks jurisdiction to impose such restriction on their clients as provided by Chapter 7, Section 7.3 of the Judiciary Law of Liberia.