The Criminal Court ‘C’ at the Temple of Justice has handed former Speaker Alex Tyler his first major victory in the infamous Global Witness humiliating case which engulfed the government as well as the entire nation.
The then unfolding debacle enthralled thousands of Liberians, captivating their collective imagination to the point where people finally felt punishment would, in the end, be meted out to anyone misusing or misapplying government fund. Liberians for the first time saw big untouchable names like Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alex Taylor, and Senator Cllr. Vannie Sherman of Grand Cape Mount County all arrested and dragged to court for their alleged complicity in the GW scandal. But last Thursday, the alleged bribe scandal case took another significant twist when Criminal Court “C” instructed lawyers of the Liberian government to provide all “pieces of evidence in their possession to the Court within 10 days.” The court said it was granting Tyler’s request in part, and therefore instructing prosecuting attorneys to disclose all “evidence in their possession in the interest or against Alex and others. Tyler; former ruling Unity Party Chairman H. Varney G. Sherman, Ernest C.B. Jones, Chris Onanuaga and U.K.-based Sable Mining and its officials are all facing charges for economic crimes. They allegedly solicited and received bribes according to a dramatically exposed Global Witness 2015 report on Liberia. Presiding Judge Yarmie Gbeisay, has ultimately ruled that “within 10 days, the motion requests the court to order the prosecution to make available all evidences in their possession. This paper, in no uncertain terms, hails the position of Judge Gbeisay’s position. We feel that it is absolutely mandatory that every government absolutely proves its case against anyone it takes to court and follows up on judgments set by the court. This we think enhances democracy.