President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (center) has nominated retired River Gee Senator, Cllr. Frederick Cherue (left) as Justice Minister. Cllr Fonati Koffa (right), who was originally considered for that post has now been appointed Minsiter of State Without Portfolio.

President Sirleaf Names New Justice Minister, Others

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf yesterday, May 5, made several new appointments in government affecting the Ministries of Justice, State for Presidential Affairs, Internal Affairs, Public Works, Central Bank of Liberia, National Port Authority, and the Law Reform Commission.

According to an Executive Mansion release, those appointed include:

Ministry of Justice
Cllr. Frederick Cherue, Minister-designate, previously served as Senior Senator for River Gee in the 52nd Legislature. He retired in 2011.

Tax Court Blames LRA for Tax Evaders

Amid criticisms of the Tax Court’s inability to enforce its ruling against tax evaders, causing the government to lose millions of United States dollars, Judge Mozart Chesson yesterday blamed the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA).

Judicial experts, especially tax prosecutors, have resolved to ask the Supreme Court to replace Judge Chesson, claiming “he has failed miserably.”

The LRA is the public entity empowered with the mandate to collect government taxes from delinquent taxpayers.

(From right) Atty. Kamara, President; Rev. Kennedy, Vice President; and Mr. Kumeh, Secretary General

Law Reform Commission Inducts 1st Legislative Drafters’ Class Leaders

The Law Reform Commission (LRC) has inducted into office the leadership of the first class of legislative drafters.
Legislative drafters are individuals all of whom don’t necessarily have law backgrounds, but have backgrounds in other disciplines, and are employees of various government ministries and agencies.

They are undergoing a vigorous seven hours a day, month-long training on how to do legislative drafting. The 35 member are being trained under the auspices of the LRC.

‘My Father’s Company Owes Ecobank US$500K’

A US$3 million damages lawsuit brought against Ecobank-Liberia by the Management of Embassy Suites Hotel took a different turn yesterday when the managing director of the hotel admitted that her father, Anwar Saoud, used his own company, Liberia Resort Management Group as collateral for a US$500K loan from the bank.

Mr. Saoud, a Lebanese businessman, has reportedly failed to pay back the loan to date.

Judge Yussif Kaba

Judge’s Comment Halts Ecobank’s US$3M Case

Judge Yussif Kaba’s public comment that the jury was corrupting the legal system was enough for Ecobank’s lawyers to ask him to sequester (isolated, quarantine) the nine jurors selected Friday, July 3, to help him decide a US$3m damages case against the bank.

Judge Kaba later postponed further hearing of the case, after two of the jurors refused to be sequestered along with their colleagues.


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