Court Rules In Senate Favor

The Supreme Court of Liberia has handed down ruling in favor of the Liberian Senate in the case involving Senator Oscar Cooper of Margibi County verses the Government of Liberia and the Liberian Senate.

The court decision followed a conference between His Honor Kabineh M. Ja’neh, Associate Justice in Chamber, the Liberian Senate and the Liberia International Ship and Corporate Registry over the recent ratification of a deal between the government and LISCR.

The Supreme Court’s action came as a result of a writ of prohibition filed to the Court by Senator Cooper. According to the writ, the Court has placed a stay order on all proceedings pending the outcome of the conference, which was scheduled to take place Wednesday, September 2, 2015.
However, following the conference between all the parties concern, the court has ordered the lifting of the stay order, invalidating the deal. Since the ratification of this deal by the National Legislature, many Liberians have expressed frustration over its passage, with latest coming from the Margibi County Senator going to the extent of challenging the deal in the court.

Senator Cooper alleged that the Liberian Senate, in ratifying this agreement, violated most of its standing rules, adding that the senate was guided by rules that must live up to its rules in order to be credible.
“Within this agreement there is certain thing called agreement manual. I challenge any lawmaker; you go and ask them no one lawmaker can explain that all we know is confidential. What kind of agreement is that?” He told reporters Tuesday at his Capitol Building office.

“Nobody knows how much LISCR as an entity will be receiving but they have promised to give the government US $ 15million from proceed generated every year.”

By Jackson C. Clay, Jr.

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