Supreme Court Justice impeached by Liberian Senate


Monrovia –The Liberian Senate has voted to remove Associate Justice Kabineh M. Ja’neh on one count out of the four charges brought against him by the Lower House.

The final verdict in which 22 senators voted out of 29 senators was enough to impeach Justice Kabineh M. Ja’neh. The rules of the Upper House require at least 20 votes to get two-thirds of the total membership of that body.

Associate Justice Kabineh M. Ja’neh was impeached by the Legislature for a granting a Writ of Prohibition petitioned by Petroleum Companies in Liberia to stop the government from collecting taxes of US$0.30 on each petroleum pump. The amount would be used to match road development projects with USAID pledge of 50% , thus referring to it as “Road Fund.”

Critics of the government say that the judge is being victimized and the independence of the judiciary is being challenged, terming the rulings and the entire process unconstitutional; only aimed at swelling President George M. Weah powers still further.

Meanwhile, after the vote, supporters of the government took to the streets and rallied at their party’s headquarters to celebrate his removal.