The Judge of Criminal Court ‘’C’’ J. Boima Kontoe has serve a notice of assignment on former National Port Authority [NPA] managing director, Matilda Parker, to appear before the court on Thursday, September 13, 2018 to face prosecution for multiple criminal offenses including economic sabotage, theft of property and criminal conspiracy.
Judge Kontoe request comes after the Supreme Court mandated the lower court to resume jurisdiction of the case, impanel a new jury and start the trial.
The stage is now set for Parker and her former comptroller, Christiana pealay, to exonerate themselves for their alleged role in the disappearance of US 800,000from the NPA’s account during their tenure.
Defendant Parker and her former comptroller, Christiana Pealay, were indicted by state prosecutors 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.
Parker and Pealay went on trial in early 2016, but the case was adjourned after prosecutors alleged that an unknown person tampered with some of the jurors in the trial.
Judge Dixon, after investigation, removed the four suspected jurors on the penal but state lawyers headed by Cllr. Daku Mulbah, now Solicitor General, objected to the ruling and filed a writ of ‘’certiorari against Blamo’s ruling before then Justice in Chambers e Jamesetta Wolokollie.
Associate Justice Wolokollie then ruled in favor of the government by disbanding the entire jury in the case, but her decision was challenged by defense counsel headed by Cllr. Pearl Brown Bull, who later announced an appeal to the full Bench of the Supreme Court against the judgment.
The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of Wolokollie 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.
Prosecutors also alleged that the two accused persons, by awarding two sold sourced contracts without the approval of the public procurement and concession commission, [PPCC] to Deneah M. Flomo and his Denmar Enterprise on behalf of the NPA for the removal of wrecks from the Port of Greenville Sinoe County, and the provision of security consultancy at the Port of Monrovia, Buchana, and Greenville, caused the state to lose US 800,000[the respective price tags of US 500,000 and US 300,000 contract].
The prosecution further alleged that Flomo and his enterprise were contracted to remove wrecks from the Port of Greenville in Sinoe County and to provide security consultancy at the Ports of Monrovia, Buchana, and Greenville.
But the state says the contractor, Flomo and his Denmar Enterprise, did not have knowledge regarding the contracts and the required services were not rendered to the NPA.
State prosecutors initially dropped charges against Flomo, the alleged mastermind of the contract, to testify in their favor until the jury temper accusation interrupted the trial.
Writes Jenebou Turay