December 2, 2022

MONROVIA CITY COURT JUDGE PREMATURELY SUSPENDS THE ONGOING CUMMINGS TRIAL AS ANGRY CROWD STORM THE COURT

As the CPP Framwork Document tempering case continues at the Monrovia City Court, group of citizens believed to be partisans and supporters of the opposition Alternative National Congress (ANC) on Tuesday morning, May 10,2022 stormed the Monrovia City Court at the Temple of Justice in prompting the Judge of the Monrovia City Court, Jomah Jallah to prematurely suspend the ongoing trial of the Standard Bearer and Political Leader of the ANC, Alexander B. Cummings, Jr. upon an application filed by the prosecution lawyers led by Solicitor General Cllr. Sayma Syrenius Cephus on account that the court was unfavorable for yesterday’s legal proceedings.

Former Vice President Joseph N. Boaka, whose Unity Party(UP) and ALP have since left the CPP, was due to testify in court yesterday based on a Writ of Subpoena duces Tecum and Ad Testificadum issued on him by the court. He was expected to produce or testify to his role, responsibilities and activities within the CPP and how, when, why and what gave rise to the formation of the CPP.

Additionally, the former VP was also expected to give information about the copies of May 19, 2020 CPP Frame Work Document.

But due to the action of the angry crowd, the Cummings’ trial could not go on. It is not clear why the angry crowd disrupted the trial, but they were heard labeling Solicitor GeneralCephus as “rogue” when he(Cllr. Cephus) entered the court room to proceed with the case.

Speaking on the incident, Judge Jomah Jallah said the trial could not be heard due to what he called administrative reason. He pointed out that the court ground was not favorable for such case to be heard.

“We cannot proceed with the trial today for administrative reason. We will schedule the case to later day for the case to be listened to under a good atmosphere that is required for this kind of trial,” he stated.
He furthered that things need to be put into place, which according to him, have to do with security deployment around the court ground.

The Monrovia City Court Judge then ordered the Clerk of Court to reassign the case to a later day and will inform both parties.

Meanwhile, Cllr. Cephus said the decision by Judge Jallah to suspend the trial was in place because, according to him, partisans and supporters of the ANC were unruly, and therefore, the trial could go under such “unruly environment”.

He bragged that the state has all the necessary resources to stop such “unruly behavior”, but there was a limited deployment of security forces on the ground looking at the crowd.

” We need to put into place proper security mechanism to limit the number of persons that will come for the next trial and prevent people who will be engage into rudely behavior,” Cllr. Cephus stressed.

He mentioned that former Vice President Boakai can not testify under such atmosphere because anything could happen to him and that he could be blamed for that.

On the other hand, one of Cummings lawyers, Atty. E. Oratio Gould, asserted that the action by the court to suspend the trial was “calculated plan” for government to have the case suspended.

Atty. Gould asserted that the state should have put things into place earlier than now, adding that the state has the power to do so.

Mr. Cummings is on trial for criminal charges based on accusations by his fellow opposition leader Mr. Benoni Urey and the All Liberian Party that the accused and his ANC party allegedly tampered with the framework agreement of the Collaborating Political Parties and attached his (Urey’s) signature to a photocopy version.

But Mr. Cummings has since denied there exists any original CPP framework agreement other than what his accusers claim is a photocopy version and has instead challenged them to produce the original. He faces charges of forgery and criminal conspiracy, but he has denied any wrongdoing.

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