State lawyers led by Montserrado County Attorney Darku Mulbah prayed the court to disband the entire jury serving in the trial as they believe the jurors may have been tempered with thereby invading their independence in the trial.
After more than four months of hearing proceedings, the prosecution argued that it is in the interest of fair play and the impartial dispensation of justice that jurors currently serving the case be replaced.
However, Criminal Court C Judge A. Blamo Dixon ordered the reassignment of the case on Monday February 15, 2016, in order to enable the defense sufficient time to examine and respond to the plea.
It can be recalled, a Special Grand Jury for Montserrado upon oath, jointly indicted Parker, suspended Managing Director of the National Port Authority (NPA); suspended NPA comptroller, Madam Christiana K. Paelay; and the Chief Executive Officer of the Denmar Enterprise Deneah M. Flomo for allegedly robbing government of over US$800,000.00.
Mr. Flomo allegedly admitted to the Liberia Anti Corruption Commission (LACC) investigator Blamo Koffa that he did not have the knowledge or capacity to execute the contracts for which he allegedly received payments from co-defendants Matilda W. Parker and Christiana K. Paelay.
Co-defendants Matilda Parker and Christiana K. Paelay are standing trial for allegedly awarding over US800, 000.00 wreck removal contract awarded to Denear M. Flomo which was not executed by the said contractor.
According to the indictment, the action of the defendants is in fragrant violation of chapter 15, sub chapter “F”, sections 15.80(a)(b)(c), 15.81(a)(b)(c), and 15.82(b)(c), of the new panel law of the republic of Liberia.
The indictment indicated that between the periods July 2011, up to December 2012, while in their respective positions, co-defendants Parker and Paelay made fraudulent payments from the accounts of the National Port Authority (NPA) for the removal of wrecks from the port of Greenville in Sinoe County, valued at US$500,000.00.
The payments also covered the provision of security consultancy at the port of Monrovia, Buchannan, and Greenville, Montserrado, Grand Bassa and Sinoe counties respectively with a value of US$300,000.00.
It added that all transactions were without the approval of the public procurement and concession commission (PPCC), thus preventing “no objection” to sole source the two contracts as is required by the PPCC Act.
The indictment further indicated that the contract for the removal of the wrecks from the port of Greeenville did not meet the approval of the Liberia Maritime Authority (LMA), since the work was marine related.