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LNBA President Cllr. Tiawan S. Gongloe LNBA President Cllr. Tiawan S. Gongloe

LNBA Wants ECOWAS’ Decision Respected

MONROVIA, LIBERIA - The Executive Committee of Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA) has called on the Government of Liberia (GoL) to respect the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Court’s decision to promptly comply with the judgment between the Government of Liberia Vs Cllr. Kabineh M. Ja’neh, an impeached Associate Judge of the Supreme Court of Liberia.

Speaking over the weekend, the LNBA, through its President, Cllr. Tiawon S. Gongloe, applauded the decision by the ECOWAS Court of Justice, stating that the decision is consistent with the rule of law. Cllr. Gongloe, among other things, stated that Liberia is a country of law and not of men, and as such, being a founding member of ECOWAS it cannot and should not conduct itself in any manner that undermines ECOWAS’ decision in any manner, shape and form. It can be recalled that on November 10, 2020, the head of the ECOWAS Court, Justice Edward Amoako  Asante ruled against the GoL based on their evidence that Ja'neh’s removal was wrongful.

The court ordered the Republic of Liberia to pay Cllr. Ja’neh the sum of US$200, 000 (two hundred thousand dollars) as reparation for moral prejudice suffered for the violation of his rights. Additionally, the Court also ordered the government of Liberia to reinstate him as well. On the other hand, Cllr. Gongloe said relating to the judicial workers, the Bar has mandated the Executive Committee of the judicial workers to explore every avenue to assist in resolving the current impasse so as to restore normal atmosphere within the workplace and the corridor of the Temple of Justice. He pointed out that the right to peaceful assembly is guaranteed under the Constitution of Liberia and international rights.

Cllr. Gongloe stated that all functionaries of the three branches of government have a sacred duty to uphold these rights; except during the declaration of the state of emergency. “Equally too, all workers including the judicial workers have a duty to show respect to their bosses under all circumstances in order to ensure cordiality at the workplace,” the prominent Liberian lawyer indicated. "The exercise of rights and administrative actions must be controlled by law," he added.

 

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