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

Simi Valley Calendar

first_imgPower Walking, 8-9 a.m. at the Sycamore Drive Community Center, 1692 Sycamore Drive, Room B1, Simi Valley. Monthly fee: $30. Call (805) 584-4400. Muscle Sculpting, 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Sycamore Drive Community Center, 1692 Sycamore Drive, Room B1, Simi Valley. Call (805) 584-4400. Studio Art Workshop, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. Call (805) 517-6261. Open Gym Basketball, 1:30-6:30 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Fee: $2, or $10 a month. Call (805) 584-4400. Step Aerobics, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Jazzercise Aerobics, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Alternative Recreation Program: Yoga Club, 6:45-7:45 p.m. at Houghton Park, 4333 Township Ave., Simi Valley. Parents can register and participate with their child. Monthly fee: $24. Call (805) 584-4400. New Hope for breast-cancer survivors, 7-8:30 p.m. at Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Free. Registration required. Call (805) 527-5360, Option 3. Aqua Fit, 7-8 p.m. at Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1692 Sycamore Drive, Simi Valley. Call (805) 584-4400. Simi Peggers Cribbage Club, 7 p.m., at Simi Country Mobile Home Park Clubhouse, 1550 Rory Lane, Simi Valley. Call (805) 527-8164. Water Exercise, 7-8 p.m. at Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1692 Sycamore Drive. Fee: $40. Call (805) 584-4400. Simi Valley Boots and Slippers Square Dance Club, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Fee: $5. Call (805) 583-3055 or e-mail sqdncrmn@pacbell.net. Deep Water Workout, 8-9 p.m. at the Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1692 Sycamore Drive. Monthly fee: $45. Call (805) 584-4400. Women’s Anger Management class, 7:30 p.m. at Cornerstone Counseling Center, 1633 Erringer Road, No. 203-B, Simi Valley. Call (805) 582-2619. TUESDAY Family planning clinic, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Ventura County Public Health, 660 E. Los Angeles Ave., Suite B2, Simi Valley. For an appointment, call (805) 578-3677. Jazzercise Aerobics, 9-10 a.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Rotary of Simi Valley will meet at noon at Grand Vista Hotel, 999 Enchanted Way. Call (805) 583-4825. Videos in the Lounge, 1 p.m. at Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Call (805) 583-6363. Bowling, 4-5:30 p.m. at Brunswick Valley Bowl, 5255 Cochran St., Simi Valley. Fee: $5 per week. Call (805) 584-4400. Tuesday Evening Hike, 6:30, meet at the Long Canyon parking lot at Long Canyon Road and Wood Ranch Parkway. Call (805) 529-5581. Story time, 7 p.m. at Simi Valley Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road. Call (805) 526-1735. Simi Solos Toastmasters will meet, 7:30 p.m., Simi Valley YMCA, 3200 Cochran St. Call (805) 990-4950. Overeaters Anonymous, 8 p.m. at Church of Christ, 1554 Sinaloa Road, Simi Valley. Call (805) 581-4717 or (805) 529-8183. Open Gym Basketball, 6-9 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Fee: $2, or $10 a month. Call (805) 584-4400. WEDNESDAY Swim and Stay Fit, 6-8 a.m. at the Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1765 Royal Ave., Simi Valley. Fee: $40/month; 65 and older, $20/month. Call (805) 379-2378. Kiwanis Club of Simi Valley will meet at 7 a.m. at Paul’s Italian Villa, 2585 Cochran Street. Call (805) 583-2857. Chair Exercise, 12:30 p.m. at Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. Call (805) 517-6261. CPR Update: Health Care Provider class, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Simi Valley Hospital, 2975 N. Sycamore Drive. Call (805) 955-6890. Tot Time story time, 11 a.m. at Borders Books and Music, 2910 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For ages 2-5. Call (805) 526-2800. Step Aerobics, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Emotional Intelligence Training for Parents, 6 p.m. at Cornerstone Counseling Center, 1633 Erringer Road, No. 203-B, Simi Valley. Call (805) 582-2619. Action Parent and Teen Support Program, 6:30 p.m. at Apollo High School, 3150 School St., Simi Valley. Hotline: (800) 367-8336. Water Exercise, 7-8 p.m. at Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1692 Sycamore Drive. Fee: $40. Call (805) 584-4400. Emotions Anonymous, 7:30-9 p.m. at United Methodist Church, Wood Room, 2394 Erringer Road, Simi Valley. Free. Call (805) 526-6231. Deep Water Workout, 8-9 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park pool, 1692 Sycamore Drive. Monthly fee: $45. Call (805) 584-4400. Simi Valley Woman’s Club, monthly meeting, 11 a.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005 Los Angeles Ave. Call (805) 583-8272. Men’s Anger Management class, 7 p.m. at Cornerstone Counseling Center, 1633 Erringer Road, No. 203-B, Simi Valley. Call (805) 582-2619. THURSDAY Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise will meet, 7 a.m. at Grand Vista Hotel, 999 Enchanted Way, Simi Valley. Call (805) 520-4894. Jazzercise Aerobics, 9-10 a.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Videos in the Lounge, 1 p.m. at Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Call (805) 583-6363. Reproductive health care clinic, 1:30-4:30 p.m. at Ventura County Public Health, 660 E. Los Angeles Ave., Suite B2, Simi Valley. Call (805) 578-3677. Tap for Fitness, 2:30-4 p.m. at Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. Call (805) 517-6261. Scrabble group , will meet at 1 p.m. at Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. Call (805) 517-6261. Circuit Training, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Evening Hike, 6 p.m. at the Chumash Trailhead. Call the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District at (805) 584-4400. Open Gym Volleyball, 6-9 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Fee: $2 or $10 a month. Call (805) 584-4400. Simi Valley Toastmasters, 7:30 p.m. at Clarion Commons, 5300 E. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Call (805) 522-9591. Co-custody parenting class, 6 p.m. at Cornerstone Counseling Center, 1633 Erringer Road, No. 203-B, Simi Valley. Call (805) 582-2619. FRIDAY Basic Training, 6-7 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Open Gym Basketball, 6-9 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Fee: $2, or $10 a month. Call (805) 584-4400. Finding the Artist Within, a class for people 50 and over involving various forms of art, 9-11 a.m., Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. (805) 583-6363. Monthly fee $30. SATURDAY Jazzercise Aerobics, 8-9 a.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave., Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Open Gym Basketball, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Fee: $2, or $10 a month. Call (805) 584-4400. Conejo Valley Republic Women Federated, noon at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. The speaker is retired Brigadier General John Nicholson, secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission. Cost is $30. For reservations call Sylvia Musgrove (805) 495-6481 or Bev Donley at (805) 495-3409. Post-Polio Support Group, 1:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room at United Methodist Church, 2394 Erringer Road, Simi Valley. Information (805) 485-9664. Calendar events are compiled each week. Items must reach the Daily News one week before the Sunday on which they are to run. Items must be typewritten. Phone numbers must be attached for contact purposes. Mail to Simi Calendar, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365-4200. Fax (805) 583-0880. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TODAY Evening hike, 4 p.m. at the Rocky Peak Trailhead at the end of Rocky Peak Road off Santa Susana Pass. Call (805) 584-4400. MONDAY Swim and Stay Fit, 6-8 a.m. at the Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1765 Royal Ave., Simi Valley. Monthly fee: $40, or $20 for 65 and older. Call (805) 379-2378. last_img read more

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first_imgWelcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Sunday 8 December1.55 KelsoBishops Heir 8/1 > 11/22.10 WarwickDeputy Dan 9/2 > 100/303.25 KelsoSt Gregory 15/2 > 9/23.40 WarwickMountain King 3/1 > 9/4What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img