ANC disagrees with Magistrate’s Ruling - asks Circuit Court to review ‘unprecedented decision’

ANC disagrees with Magistrate’s Ruling - asks Circuit Court to review ‘unprecedented decision’ Featured

On Wednesday, January 26, 2022, Judge Jomah Jallah of the Monrovia City Court at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia ruled in favor of the Prosecution granting their motion for Alexander B. Cummings of the opposition Alternative National Congress(ANC) to produce evidence for the state.

Among other things, Mr. Cummings is on trial for allegedly tampering with the Frame Work Document of the Collaborating Political Parties(CPP), an allegation the ANC Political Leader and Standard Bearer has since dismissed.

According to the ANC, the ruling of Judge Jallah doesn’t only violate “our constitution but sets a bad precedence”.

“ Article 21(h) of our 1986 Constitution provides in part that a defendant (in a criminal trial) shall not be compelled to furnish evidence against himself. The judge in his ruling relied on a 1972 criminal procedure law which predates the Constitution and even used Canadian law which does not apply to our jurisdiction. Imagine, an outdated Canadian law, when our law is clear on this issue,” the ANC in an update to the media regarding the ongoing trial pointed.

“We strongly disagree with the Magistrate’s ruling and have asked the Circuit Court to review said unprecendented decision. We are not appealing his decision because we want to delay the case but there’s a clear miscarriage of justice against an inviolable right happening right before our eyes and the ANC will not be a party to it.

This is obviously an act of buying time for the Prosecution who is fishing for evidence that doesn't exist, knowing that such flagrant violation of Defendants' Constitutional rights would be contested,” the ANC asserted.

The ANC averred that it is important to note that there is no such thing as an Original Framework Document with all signatures, that Cummings has which he is being mandated to provide, stating that the e original Framework document signed on Zoom under Urey's chairmanship and being requested with all parties signatures, does not exist as that document was not fully signed by all parties. 

“Rather, that individually virtually signed document was sent to the lawyers for review and amendment after the immediate public backlash about the job clause. The final copy from the lawyers amendment was approved, signed and filed at NEC and every party has a copy; something Urey has clearly alluded to on camera. 

It’s disappointing that the All Liberian Party(ALP), an opposition party, along Joseph Boakai and Nyonblee Karnga, supposed opposition leaders, are collaborating with this current regime to tear apart an arrangement that the people of Liberia had hoped will rescue them from this farce of a government led by President Weah. This is clearly no longer a prosecution, but a PERSECUTION. No crime was committed.

Urey and the government know this but are doing so to distract ABC and the ANC because of the inroads they are making for 2023 and the threat a Cummings' Presidency poses to them,” the ANC further asserted.

Continued the ANC: “We stand ready to exhaust all legal remedies available to us in order to constitutionally address this unprecedented and erroneous ruling of the Magistrate. If this decision, compelling a defendant to provide evidence for the Prosecution, is allowed to stand, it would be a new law in our jurisdiction that will apply to everyone else. Most importantly, it will be the final burial of our most organic law, our Constitution. We must not sit idly and accept this. Not today, not ever.”

A Cummings Presidency, the ANC accentuated, will shock the system that only benefits Urey and corrupt officials, and change it to benefit every Liberian.

The “system” does not want that. At this point, Urey only has his business interests which he will do anything to protect including being a regime collaborator. Opposition member Patrick Honnah Punch FM hasn’t been granted an operational license for years but Urey's daughter was recently granted a license to open a radio station. That should tell you a lot. 

“That the UP is gladly playing along and remaining silent in the face of gross injustice and political persecution says a lot and speaks to the glaring fact that they are co-conspirators, but will have you believe that we are not cooperating with JNB who by the way will be a star witness for the Government.

Imagine the current Chair of the CPP being a state witness against the only other opposition leadef he's in the race with for CPP presidential ticket… But again, the former Vice President is on government payroll as a retiree and he sure is working for his benefits.

This strategy by old poltiical players to use any means necessary including political persecution to eliminate your most formidable competitor crystallizes the fact that JNB doesn’t represent anything other than that which he has offered for more than 40 years - same old same old.”

“Fellow ANC partisans, supporters and well wishers of the ANC and Mr. Cummings,  this witch-hunt of a trial is meant to take ABC out of the picture - essentially taking away your right to vote for a real change agent -  Let us not let that happen.

Let's continue to support our Leaders, Rise up and make our voices heard. Let us tell the world everyday about this attack on our democracy We must not lose hope. Let us continue our work in every county, community, town and village and spread Mr. Cummings message of real change, economic revitalization, growth and development. Let's continue to mobilize, recruit and retain. We will win and this too shall pass!,” the ANC further accentuated.



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