MOJ Ordered to Return Defendant’s Passport

first_imgAfter several days’ deliberations, Judge Yussif Kaba of the Civil Law Court, Temple of Justice, on Wednesday described the Ministry of Justice’s (MOJ) action not to return Prasie Lawal’s passport to him as a “grave violation of the constitutional rights guaranteed to all citizens.”“The court, this time would not consider itself to be a party to said unjust action,” the Civil Law Court Judge declared in his ruling on the writ of Habeas Corpus filed against the MOJ by Lawal’s counsel Arthur Johnson.Judge Kaba further declared that “the act of the MOJ and agencies operating thereof, by depriving this man of his freedom of movement, without due process of law, constitutes a grave violation of the constitutional rights guaranteed all citizens. Therefore, this court considers same as illegal and unwarranted.”Lawal, General Manager of Paelet Construction Company, had his passport seized immediately after he was released on June 28, in connection with the charge of assassination attempt on the life of Samuel Cooper, General Manager of Westwood Construction Company.Lawal was arrested June 25 and subsequently detained for two days at the headquarters of the Liberia National Police (LNP) and was later released following but his passport was held by the LNP.Judge Kaba ordered the MOJ to turn over said passport to the Sheriff of the court, for onward transmission to Mr. Lawal within 24 hours.According to Judge Kaba, Liberia has undergone tremendous turmoil that grew out of people being deprived of their rights, liberty and arbitrary arrests and must therefore learn to live within the confines of the law.He said the deprivation of Lawal’s right to travel constitutes a restrain of his liberty, which no institution of government has the right to do.Government lawyers argued that they were unable to produce the passport because the document was with the Minister of Justice, Cllr. Benedict Sannoh, who has been out of the country.Based on that excuse, Judge Kaba said, “What is of relevance here is whether or not the MOJ has adopted the proper procedures in law to ensure that those who commit crimes in the country are brought before the law and are accorded the due process rights as provided for by the Constitution.”Prior to his ruling, Lawal’s lead defense counsel, Arthur Johnson complained to the court that on June 25, his client, who is a citizen of Liberia, was arrested by the LNP and detained for two days.He alleged that his client was later turned over to him but unfortunately, there has been no action by the police to have his traveling documents returned to him, in spite of the many communications they have written to the police.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Boro go top of Championship as Tony Pulis gets one over on former club

first_img EFL result 3 Daniel Ayala’s stoppage-time strike ensured Middlesbrough go top of the Championship after securing a 1-0 victory over Tony Pulis’ former club West Brom at the Riverside Stadium.It looked like Boro were going to rue missed opportunities from forwards Martin Braithwaite and Britt Assombalonga but centre-back Ayala showed them how it was done in front of goal to continue their great start to the season. GREAT NEWS Boro shaded a fairly uneventful first-half but nearly fell behind when Aden Flint’s rash clearance struck his own bar early on.Pulis’ men then began to turn the screw and should have had the lead on 34 minutes when Braithwaite’s ball found Jonny Howson who expertly laid the ball on a plate for Assombalonga – but the striker failed to anticipate his team-mate’s pass and the chance faded away.Assombalonga’s strike partner Braithwaite then had a guilt edge opportunity of his own when he latched onto Flint’s knock down only to blaze the ball over in the box. They carried on the good momentum straight after the break and Ryan Shotton nearly broke the deadlock when he headed a cross over the bar after good work by Assombalonga.Darren Moore’s side were then guilty of lacking composure when Dwight Gayle was put clean through on goal, however, the former Newcastle striker took too long to pull the trigger and Adam Clayton made a great last ditch block.It looked like the game was drifting into an uninspiring draw but Ayala had the final say when he controlled a lofted free-kick and fired the ball into the corner of the net.Replays suggest Ayala initially used his hand to kill the ball but the goal stood as Boro ended the evening on the Championship’s summit, while the Baggies lie seventh.LINE-UPSMiddlesbrough: Randolph, Ayala, Flint, Fry, Shotton, Howson, Clayton, Downing (Besic 72), Friend, Braithwaite (Hugill 81), Assombalonga (McNair 86)Subs not used: Konstantopoulos, Leadbitter, Fletcher, WingWest Brom: Johnstone, Adarabioyo (Dawson 69), Hegazi, Bartley, Phillips, Livermore, Brunt, Gibbs, Barnes (Morrisson 69), Rodriguez, Gayle (Robson-Kanu 83)Subs not used: Myhill, Burke, Barry, FieldCHAMPIONSHIP TABLE Gayle missed a great opportunity for the visitors in the second-half Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Latest Champoionship News Hull defender MacDonald given all-clear after battle with bowel cancer Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship impact Cardiff and Preston play out stalemate in Championship early kick-off ROUND-UP 3 Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack 3 stalemate Leeds lose at Fulham, West Brom held, Charlton’s winless run continues goalless REPLY Ayala’s goal was all that separated the two sides Bannan penalty helps Sheffield Wednesday strengthen grip on play-off place last_img read more