Criminal Court ‘C’ Presiding Judge Ciapha Carey has dismissed the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission’s criminal indictment against the indicted Chairperson of the National Election Commission, but without prejudice to the state.
Judge Ciapha Carey Thursday granted defendant Davidetta Brown-Lansanah’s motion to dismiss the indictment, on grounds that LACC lacks the legal authority to institute said action.
Judge Carey’s April 28, ruling 2022 according to our Judicial Correspondent stated that the Court lacks jurisdiction over the subject inside trading and the code of conduct.
Judge Carey’s ruling maintained that the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission was in error to investigate and indict defendant Davidetta Brown-Lansanah, saying only Ombudsman has original jurisdiction to investigate an alleged violation of the Code of Conduct as provided by Chapter 12, Section 12.2 of the Code.
Our Judicial Correspondent further said that Judge Ciapha Carey’s ruling give the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission another chance to re-indict the NEC Chairperson due to proceeding’s error, but LACC Chief Prosecutor Cllr. Jerry Garlawolu took exception to his ruling by announcing an appeal to the Supreme Court consistent with Chapter 24, Section 24. 1,2 and 3 of the Criminal Procedure Law of Liberia.
It can be recalled that the NEC Chairperson, Davidetta Brown-Lanasanah was indicted in 2021 during the November Term of Court for alleged violation of the Code of Conduct for public officials and predicate offense to money laundering, inside trading, and market manipulation.