As Writ of Subpoena Backfires Police Supt., Hans Armstrong Ordered Arrested

As Writ of Subpoena Backfires Police Supt., Hans Armstrong Ordered Arrested

MONROVIA, LIBERIA -The First Judicial Circuit Court, Criminal Court ‘A’ Judge Roosevelt Z. Willie has ordered the arrest of Superintendent Rafell A. Wilson on contempt charges for his failure to follow the legal procedural in obtaining Subpoena from the Criminal Court "A", thereby bringing the court to public ridicule.

"You are hereby commanded to arrest the living body of Supt. Rafell A. Wilson and forthwith bring him before this First Judicial Circuit, Criminal Assizes "A", for Monsterrado County, Republic of Liberia, sitting in its November Term A.D 2020. at the Circuit Court House, Temple of Justice building, Monrovia, Liberia,” Judge Willie ordered. He continued: "That defendant Supt. Rafell A. Wilson should be brought for within to show cause why he should not be held in contempt for his failure to follow the regular laid down procedures in obtaining subpoena from Criminal Court "A" and bringing the court to public ridicule."

He has written the two GSM companies, Lonestar Cell MTN and Orange Liberia mandating them not to send call logs information to personal email(s) hence forth.NHe has also issued a writ of arrest for police Superintendent Raffell A. Wilson and Hans Armstrong, a British national for their failure to follow the legal procedural in obtaining a subpoena from the court. It can be recalled that several months ago, Criminal Court 'A' Assistant Clerk, Enoch A. Brooks Subpoenaed the Management of Lonestar Cell MTN to release a call log without the approval and knowledge of his boss after which the Monsterrado County Attorney Edwin Klar Martin prayed for, something he(Enoch) said was a normal thing concerning call log.

But Judge Willie stated that the Writ of Subpoena Decetecum that ordered the Management of Lonestar Cell MTN to release the call log was communicated without him being informed. A subpoena decetecum, or subpoena for production of evidence, is a court summons ordering the recipient to appear before the court and produce documents or other tangible evidence for use at a hearing or trial. The summons is known by various names in different jurisdictions.
He explained that there are procedures to Subpoena a GSM company.

“If the Liberia National Police(LNP) or National Security Agency(NSA) is conducting an investigation on a call log they will write the County Attorney of Montserrado County, the County Attorney will do a communication and attach it on the police request and send it to Criminal Court ‘A’ Judge to subpoena the number(s) that are being investigated from the GSM company,” the Judge stated. He asserted that in the subpoena to the Management of Lonestar Cell MTN, there is no file and that there is nothing that he approved to authorize his assistant Clerk to subpoena the call log of the Senate Secretary of the Liberian Senate J. Nanborlor F. Singbeh.

It can be recalled that recently, Secretary Singbeh formally complained Criminal Court “A” to Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor, Sr. about a writ of Subpoena DeceTecum in question that was issued by the court on his call log. He said cell number 0886511308 belongs to him (Singbeh) and that his call log were subpoenaed without his knowledge and consent and given to Hans Armstrong for publication in local dailies. “Your honor, it is important to note that at no time that I have had matter pending before the Criminal Court ‘A’ or being under investigation by said court for the period slated in the Writ of Subpoena DeceTecum, urgent!

That might have predicated the issuance of said writ on the management of Lonestar Cell GSM Company to produce my call log and other information without my knowledge and consent coupled with presenting said instruments by Judge Willie to one Hans Armstrong for publication in local dailies,” Senate Secretary Singbeh, in his letter of complaint to Chief Justice Korkpor, among other things, asserted.


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