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Monday, February 15, 2016

Bailiff smears JMO with ‘Jurors Tempering’

A biliff at the Criminal Court “C” has testified to receiving documents in form of letters allegedly exchanged between the Jury Management Office (JMO) and a kitchen at the Temple of Justice. Biliff Bendu Dukuly testified that she received L$500 from an official of the JMO who send her with a letter that she delivered to the police guards assigned to provide security to the fifteen jurors who were sequestrated to hear the US$800,000 economic sabotage case against former National Port Authority Managing Director Matilda Parker and Comptroller Christiana Kparbar Pealay. State lawyers in the case on Wednesday, February 10 filed five count application to disband the sequestrated jury something for what allege jury tempering. But defense lawyers on Friday, February 12 filed an 18 count response to the state lawyers’ application which they prayed the court to deny. The Presiding Judge of the court A. Blamo Dixon, after both state and defense lawyers made their cases over the application, announced that arguments from both parties were to be held on Monday, February 15. In addition to Biliff Dukuly, state lawyers have produced two Liberia National Police (LNP) officers to prove that there was an alleged jury tampering for which the jury should be disbanded. Bailiff Bendu Dukuly, that the documents she received were received by the Jury Management Office and one Jenneh Kamara whose identity as yet is uncertain. Witness Dukuly stated that after receiving the documents, she was called in a caucus by the Jury Management Office in his private office. She among other things testified that she also received another letter from the kitchen which she said was also reported to the police. Baliff Dukuly claimed that the Jury Management Office offered her L$500 which she took with dignity before reporting the letters to the police assigned with the jurors. For their part, the LNP officers assigned with the jurors testified that they arrested letters that talked about money for the jurors and later reported those letters to their boss. Further hearing of testimonies in the case continues today, Tuesday, February 16 at 11:00. However, spectators at the court have expressed anxiety to know from who the letters were written and what the content says.

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