Pressure Mounts On GoL

The Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA) is calling on the Government of Liberia to promptly comply to the decision from the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice on Associate Justice Ja’neh’s impeachment.

The court recently mandated the Republic of Liberia to pay Counselor Ja’neh, the sum  of US$200, 000 as reparation for moral prejudice suffered for the violation of his rights.

The Court also ordered the Republic of Liberia, to restore, calculate and pay to the Applicant all his withheld entitlements, including salaries, allowances and pensions benefits as from the date of his impeachment to the date of notification of this judgment.

The court has also ordered his reinstatement as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court or in the alternative, to grant him the right to retire from service on the date of notification of judgment with full pension’s benefits as if he had retired at the normal retirement age for justices of the Supreme Court.

In the judgment, a panel of three judges of the Court led by   Justice Edward Amoako Asante  said the Court found the  matter admissible and within its Jurisdiction contrary to the argument of the government, stating that it has clearly established violation of the Applicant`s right to fair hearing and right to work.

In a statement posted on the under the caption ‘Position Statement of the Liberian National Bar Association,’ the LNBA applauds the decision of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice.

According to the LNBA, the decision is consistent with its well-publicized position on Justice Ja’neh’s impeachment.  

“The LNBA calls on the Government of Liberia to promptly comply with said judgment, as Liberia is a country of law and not of men,” the LNBA said in a statement on Monday November 23, 2020.

The Bar also reminded the Liberian Government that the country is a founding member of ECOWAS and as such; it cannot and should not conduct itself in any manner that undermines ECOWAS in any manner, shape, and form.

In a related development, the impeached Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh has described ECOWAS Court ruling against the Government of Liberia as victory against injustice.

Speaking upon his return to the country at the Roberts International Airport over the weekend, the former Associate Justice said “There’s a need for total independence of the country’s judiciary.”

Speaking on OkayFM, Justice Ja’neh said the ECOWAS Court ruling was done in the right manner and as such; there was nothing about brown envelope associated with the regional court ruling.

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