Located at the Temple of Justice on Capitol, Hill Monrovia, the Supreme Court is the final arbiter of justice in the country. It is not clear why Chief Justice Korkpor is yet to respond to Senate Secretary Singbeh’s letter, something that has raised suspicion that the letter may have been swept under the carpet. When quizzed as to whether he has received redress from the Chief Justice concerning his formal letter of complaint against Assistant Minister Wesseh, Mr. Singbeh answered in the negative. “By now I expected that the Chief Justice would have handled this matter without fear or favor.
It is more than six months since I officially wrote the Chief Justice and nothing has been said about my formal complaint. I least expected this from the final arbiter of justice in the country. It is often said when justice is delayed, justice is denied, which is a bad omen for country,” he asserted. The Liberian Senate official vowed not to leave no stone unturned in seeking justice in what he described as “unethical behavior” on the part of the MoJ official, accentuating that, “this act is completely unethical, and Cllr. Wesseh must be prosecuted in line with the due process of law so as to serve as a deterrence for others who may want to engage into such unwarranted act.”
It can be recalled that in his official letter of complaint dated February 17, 2021 and addressed to Chief Justice Korkpor, a copy of which was obtained by the Heritage Newspaper, Mr. Singbeh said that he was indicted in his official capacity as Secretary of the Liberian Senate along with others for what the Ministry of Justice referred to as the commission of the crimes of “Economic Sabotage, Theft of Property, Forgery and Criminal Conspiracy, “through a private prosecutor Hans Armstrong.
“That hereto attached a copy of a local daily, the Heritage Newspaper, Vol. 24 No. 35162 Monday, February 8, 2021 Edition with the headline, “Startling Revelation: Assist. Justice Minister Requested for “Bribes” for jurors”. According to the Heritage Newspaper, a leaked audio in its possession, and can be obtained upon request, Hans Armstrong, tampering with jurors, boastfully revealed that Justice Minister Dean and Cllr. Tiwaon Gongloe are his lawyers and that Cllr. Wesseh, who is a prosecutor in the case mentioned supra, allegedly requested two hundred dollars ($200) from him (Hans Armstrong) for the jurors to have him (Singbeh) and others indicted of the crimes they did not commit even though he (Armstrong) admitted in the leaked audio that the jurors were about to throw the case out so he gave them the amount allegedly requested by Cllr. Wesseh for the jurors.
“Also speaking to the jurors, Mr. Armstrong also promised the jurors that as soon as they read in the newspaper that the writ of arrest is issued on me, he will call back the jurors and will give them more money not in the amount of $20 or $50 as to take them but a very good amount based on their status. That as a result of the unwholesome and unethical behavior of Cllr. Wesseh, I have suffered unjust cause leading to public ridicule locally and internationally thus bringing mental anguish and disgrace to my family and me,” Mr. Singbeh intimated.
“In view of the foregoing, I would appreciate highly were you to intervene and bring this wholesome practice and unethical behavior on the part of Cllr. Wesseh who tends to destroy our earned reputation,” he added. However, Assistant Minister Wesseh has since distanced himself from the leaked audio in which he is said to have supposedly requested $200 from Mr. Armstrong as bribe for the jurors. “What I do remember is a request for $200 to procure witnesses and printing costs in the case and not a request to bribe jurors as being perceived and insinuated in the purported leaked audio,” Cllr. Wesseh, while categorically dismissing the leaked audio as a “complete trash”, averred.
Minister Wesseh, who challenged the authenticity of the leaked audio, in a brief chat with this paper at the time, , wondered why he would request for $200 as bribe for jurors in a $5m case. Meanwhile, the MoJ official, among other things, threw out a challenge to his accusers to back their claims with what he called incontrovertible evidence, and other hand, vowed to prove his innocence in a court of competent jurisdiction or before any judicial investigative panel.
In similar development, the case in which Mr. Singbeh complained Cllr. Wesseh to the Chief Justice for “unethical behavior” will resume this morning at the Criminal Court “C” at Temple of Justice in Monrovia in which the accused, Cllr Wesseh is one of the prosecuting lawyers.
When quizzed about the “unethical behavior” of Cllr Wesseh, a former Justice of the Supreme Court claiming anonymity, asserted, "If Justice is to be done in our court systems, those lawyers that tend to bring the Judiciary in public ridicule should be investigated and if found guilty, be punished to serve as a deterrence to others." He further went on to call on the Chief Justice "to see reasons for the adjudication of Mr. Singbeh's complaint as it borders not only on the integrity of the Supreme Court, but also the Judiciary Branch of the Liberian Government”.