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

Energy Sector Growth Boosts Recovery

first_img Home Prices Housing Permits Jobs National Association of Home Builders 2014-03-07 Krista Franks Brock Energy Sector Growth Boosts Recovery March 7, 2014 445 Views Nationwide, the economy and housing market are functioning at a level about 87 percent of their pre-crisis normal levels, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and First American’s Leading Markets Index released this week, which measures metro markets based on housing permits, home prices, and employment.Fifty-nine of the 350 metro markets are at or above their pre-crisis norms, according to the index, up from 58 metros last month. At the same time, 130 markets are at least 90 percent of their pre-crisis levels, according to NAHB.A little less than half—about 45 percent—of the normalized markets are located in areas benefitting from strong employment in the energy sector.“The strong energy sector is at the forefront of the recovery and centered in many small and mid-sized markets in Texas, Louisiana, North Dakota, and Wyoming,” said David Crowe, chief economist at NAHB. He also pointed out that eight of the top 10 markets in NAHB’s index are located in these four states.A look at the unemployment rates in these states supports NAHB’s findings. Texas’ unemployment rate is 6 percent; Wyoming’s is 4.4 percent; and North Dakota’s is a meager 2.7 percent, according to December data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.Among major metros, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, ranked highest on NAHB’s Leading Markets Index with a score of 1.41, indicating the market is “41 percent better than its last normal market level.” Honolulu, Hawaii; Oklahoma City; Austin, Texas; Houston, Texas; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, also ranked near the top.A few smaller markets outranked the best of the larger metros. Odessa and Midland, Texas, both scored at least 2.0, indicating their markets are performing twice as well as they did before the economic downturn, according to NAHB.“Despite the cold weather that has constrained economic and housing activity across much of the nation this winter, markets are returning to normal levels,” said Kevin Kelly, chairman of NAHB. “As the job and housing markets continue to mend and the onset of spring releases the pent-up demand for new homes, this will bode well for the remainder of 2014.”center_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, Market Studies, News Sharelast_img read more