Legal sources have confided in KMTV that jurors hearing the impeachment trial of associate Justice Kabineh Mohammad Ja’neh will give their verdict tomorrow.
Though our sources did not state any legal provision, but noted, the judgement could be given after the conclusion of arguments between the managers’ and defense lawyers.
The ruling expected to be handed down by the trial of facts (Senators), will determine whether Justice Kabineh Ja’neh will remain as associate Justice or leave the bench of the Supreme Court of Liberia.
Parties representing both the managers and defendant Ja’neh declined to speak to the press on the matter something some Journalists assumed speaks to the crucial nature of the argument slated for tomorrow at 11am. The jurors are elected Senators representing the 15 political sub divisions of Liberia clothed with the Constitutional authority to try impeached officials of government.
The production of witnesses, oral and written evidences ended on Wednesday as expert witness retired associate Justice Philip A. Z Banks was discharged by the presiding officer Francis Korkpor. Justice Banks was brought by defense lawyers to give his expert opinions on several constitutional provisions raised during the opening of the hearing. In his testimony, Justice Banks clearly stated that the House of Representatives and the Senate were in flagrant violation of article 43 of the 1986 Constitution by failing to jointly prescribe rules that would govern the impeachment process.
Article 43 of the Constitution amongst others states, “the Legislature shall prescribe the procedure for impeachment proceedings which shall be in conformity with the requirements of the due process of law”. Contrary to the constitutional provision, the House of Representatives crafted its own procedures for impeachment as the Senate amended its standing rule 63 for the trial. Some of the jurors including Grand Cape Mount County Senator Cllr. Varney Sherman had earlier argued that impeachment cases are rather “Political than legal”.
The trial produced so far five witnesses including Justice Kabineh Ja’neh amongst others.
Some concerned Liberians closely following the trial are of the view that Justice Ja’neh will not be impeached. Jeremiah Flomo told KMTV News Today that his conviction comes as a result of the testimony given by the expert witness which in his mind educated the jurors on how to make an informed decision at the end of the day. On the other hand, a student of the University of Liberia, Gambo Soko said the Senators will remove the Justice for the charges brought against him.