“Let it be noted with affirmation and emphatic clarity that the Liberian Senate did not violate any of the provisions of the 1986 Constitution of Liberia and any laws of Liberia nor did it breach any of its standing rules in the impeachment trial of former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia. The entire impeachment trial process was transparent, legally and constitutionally-sound and totally void of inducements, coercion, political collaboration, vengeance, and politicking,” a statement issued by the Liberian Senate on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 and signed by Mr. Jarlawah A. Tonpo, Director of Press and Public Affairs, stated.
According to the Liberian Senate, the trial of former Associate Justice Ja’neh was conducted in a very fair and transparent manner as prescribed by the 1986 Constitution of Liberia, the relevant laws of our country and the Standing Rules of the Liberian Senate. “He was fully accorded Due Process as required by these laws and other legal instruments and his fundamental rights were respected during the entire process of his trial at the Senate,” the Liberian Senate maintained in the statement. In the Statement, a copy of which is in possession of the Heritage, the Liberian Senate said it received information that the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice has handed down a verdict in the case: KABINEH MUHAMMAD JA’NEH VS THE REPUBLIC OF LIBERIA, and the media has been requesting the official reaction of the Liberian Senate to that verdict.
The Liberian Senate said unequivocally that it would have reacted by now to the verdict of the ECOWAS Court in the JA’NEH Impeachment Case. Unfortunately, due to the activities of the pending 2020 Senatorial Elections scheduled shortly, the Leadership of the Senate is unable to meet with the required quorum to review the matter and act accordingly. In due course, the Leadership of the Senate and House will meet and issue an advisory to the Executive Branch on the verdict of the ECOWAS Court. “However, because of the misinformation that is being peddled from one media outlet to the next by political detractors and some ill-informed persons in the public sphere on the trial processes of the former Associate Justice, at the Senate, it is important to set the records straight,” the statement averred.
It can be recalled that recently, the ECOWAS Court of Justice ordered the Republic of Liberia to pay Cllr. Jan’neh, an impeached Judge of the Supreme Court of Liberia, the sum US$200, 000 ( two hundred thousand dollars) as reparation for moral prejudice suffered for the violation of his rights. Delivering judgment on Tuesday, 10th November 2020 in a case filed by the Judge, the Court also ordered Republic of Liberia, to restore, calculate and pay to the Applicant all his withheld entitlements, including salaries, allowances and pensions benefits as from the date of his impeachment to the date of notification of this judgment.
It further ordered his reinstatement as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court or in the alternative, to grant him the right to retire from service on the date of notification of this judgment with full pension’s benefits as if he had retired at the normal retirement age for justices of the Supreme Court In the judgment, a panel of three judges of the Court led by Hon. Justice Edward Amoako Asante, among other things, added that the Court found the matter admissible and within its Jurisdiction contrary to the argument of the government, stating that it has clearly established violation of the Applicant`s right to fair hearing and right to work. However, see pages 6 &7 of the full text of the Liberian Senate press statement in which it justifies its action to impeach former Justice Ja’neh and says it has violated no law and the rights of Cllr. Ja’neh.