Matilda Parker Trial Uncertain Due to Death, Resignation of Key Witnesses

first_imgMatilda Parker is going back in the trial dock to exonerate herself.The possibility for the government to succeed in its legal battle against former National Port Authority (NPA) managing director, Matilda Parker remains uncertain due to the death and resignation of most of its key witnesses from the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), who had earlier testified, but the matter was adjourned after prosecution raise issued of juror tampering.Defendant Parker and her former Comptroller, Christiana Pealay, were indicted by state prosecutors based upon the conclusion of an investigation conducted by investigators of the LACC for economic sabotage, theft of property, criminal conspiracy and facilitation for allegedly awarding a contract worth over US$800,000 to dredge the Greenville Port in Sinoe County to a bogus company.They went on trial in early 2016, but the case was adjourned after prosecutors alleged that someone had tampered with some of the jurors in the trial after a letter was reported to have been intercepted by one of the court officers assigned with the jurors at the time of sequestration.There were three key investigators of the LACC who were used by the prosecution as prime witnesses when the case was first heard in 2016 and unfortunately one of them, Appleton Artis, has died.Artis’ family members by then attributed that to his dismissal and subsequent refusal by the commission to pay him the just salary thereby leaving him in total frustration that resulted in his death.Another witness, Blamo Koffa, then chief investigator of the LACC was forced to resign his post because of administrative reasons, but many employees of the commission blamed Koffa’s resignation on the alleged failure of the commission to commensurate his performance with that of his salary and bad administrative practices.Currently, the whereabouts of Aaron Davis remains a mystery for the prosecution.But, with the broadest implications as to what the prosecution’s case will be like going forward,  the Criminal Court “C’ yesterday opened the case in respect to the mandate of the Supreme Court that asked them to resume jurisdiction of the mater.The Supreme Court’s action resulted when they affirmed the judgment of Associate Justice Jamesetta Wolokolie and subsequently ordered the disbandment of the jury, which set the stage for a new trial on charges that Parker allegedly robbed the government of US$837,950 since 2017.During yesterday’s hearing, the indictment was for the second time in a roll read to the defendants and they again pleaded not guilty of which shifted the burden of proof on the prosecution to prove their guilt.shortly afterward, the prosecution made a submission where they pleaded for the matter to be heard by a jury panel, but that request was resisted by the defense lawyer Arthur Johnson who asked for a bench trial, meaning that Judge Boima Kontoe, should now serve as both jury and judge.The defense’s resistance later received the backing of Kontoe.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgOffers of help are flooding in for a little Letterkenny girl who needs €6,000 for life-improving treatment.Little Sarah McFeely, 3, suffers from a form of Cerebral Palsy and is due to travel to the Peto Institute in Hungary to have treatment.Mum and dad Ray McFeely and Bronagh Colhoun have put out an SOS for help in raising the funds to get Sarah her treatment in Budapest in June. And the Donegal public (as usual!) have stepped forward and answered their call.From donations for a tattoo studio in Letterkenny to sponsored discos at the Central Nightclub to women volunteering to run the Flora Women’s Mini-Marathon, the cash is starting to flow in.Ray and Bronagh are in the process of planning their trip to Budapest with Sarah for her intensive course of treatment.But Ray says he and his family already have already seen the enormous goodwill of the people of Donegal. “Everyone has been fantastic. Since word got out about our campaign to send Sarah to the Peto Institute, people have been amazing.“Not just our good friends but people we never even knew are planning on doing things to raise money.“Sarah is a great little girl and never complains about her challenging life but we never have thought how good people could have been,” he said.For more about little Sarah’s plight log on to OFFERS OF HELP FLOOD IN FOR SARAH’S GREAT SMILE! was last modified: January 26th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Peto InstituteSarah McFeelylast_img read more