House Speaker Alex Tyler, one of those accused in the Global Witness Report of allegedly receiving bribe, has filed a motion for the disclosure and access to evidence in the report.
The Report alleged that Tyler, among others, received bribes to change Liberian law to grant the U.K.-based Sable Mining Company access to the iron ore rich Wologizi Mountain. Also named in the report and indicted for alleged bribery, criminal conspiracy, economic sabotage, criminal solicitation and criminal facilitation in May were Senator H. Varney G. Sherman, E.C.B. Jones, Christopher Onanuga and Sable Mining, Inc. In the motion filed at Criminal Court “C” on August 4, and released Monday, Speaker Tyler, through his lawyers, cited Section 17.2 of the Criminal Procedure Law as the premise for his motion. The law states that the pre-trial examination of books and records provides that the court, on motion, may direct that books, papers, documents or other things designated in a subpoena duces tecum be produced before court at a time prior to the trial or prior to the time when they are to be offered in evidence. The motion indicated that the law cited in Count Two is the only criminal statute on discovery which is inadequate on the subject matter. “However, our receptive statute provides that where our law is silent or inadequate on a particular subject matter, recourse shall be taken to the common law of England and the American Jurisprudence,” the motion stated. It added that based upon the assertions of the prosecution, coupled with the laws cited, the Movant is entitled to the evidence in the possession of prosecution in order to enable him prepare an adequate defense against charges brought against him by prosecution. “Movant prays the court to grant its motion and order prosecution to produce all the evidence in its possession to allow movant to make or produce copies of same and grant unto us any other and further relief that may deem it legal, just and equitable in the premises,” the motion indicated.