Senate Cites Solicitor General Cephas, Justice Minister Dean

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The Liberian Senate has requested the appearance of Liberia’s Solicitor General  Syrenius Cephas before its plenary on Thursday over a communication sent to the National Elections Commission (NEC).

Cllr. Cephas recently sent a communication to the NEC, asking the electoral body not to certificate Lofa Couty Senator-Elect Brownie Samukai.

Justice Minister Musa Dean told members of the Liberian Senate when cited that “he only saw the communication by the Solicitor General on Facebook.”

Minister Dean unveiled that he is unaware of the communication sent by Cllr. Cephas.

Minister Dean information provided to the Senate plenary predicated the request from the Senate plenary citing him and the Solicitor General to answer questions about the communication.

Former Defense Minister Brownie Samukai along with Joseph Johnson and Nyumah Dorkor was convicted for the crimes of theft of property and misuse of public funds of US$ 1.4 million.

It can also be recalled that before the December 8, elections, 2020, Mr. Samukai was found guilty by the lower Court along with Joseph Johnson and Nyumah Dorkor for the same crimes.

In the letter sent to NEC, Solicitor General Syrenius Cephas told the Commission that “the Honorable Supreme is not a novelty and did not depart from the holding of the lower court judgment’ instead, it confirmed and affirmed the lower Court’s judgment which means Mr. Samukai together with his Co-conspirators has been a convicted felon from the date the lower court rendered its judgment in 2020.”

The two prosecutors are expected to appear before the senators on Thursday, February 25, 2021, to respond to concerns on the communication which has sparked serious attention among the senators especially opposition lawmaker Abraham Darius Dillon who asked the Minister as to whether he’s in the know of the communication.

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