Kabineh Mohammad Ja’neh , a n Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia was Friday ousted after Senators found him guilty for ‘gross breach of duty in a landmark impeachment trial that lasted for more than a month beginning Feb. 14, 2019.
Senators voted 22 to four to remove Justice Ja’neh following his August 27, 2018 impeachment in the House of Representatives on strings of allegations, which include “theft of property, fraud and corruption, theft of records, proved misconduct; abused of public office, wanton abuse of judicial discretion and misuse of power.”
He was judged guilty for colluding with petroleum importers via the granting of a petition which prevented the collection of a $0.30 on the pump price of gasoline/fuel oil that deprived government US$27 million revenue under the Road Fund scheme – an arrangement under the country’s U.S millennium challenge compact funding for the construction of and rehabilitation of roads, prosecutors argued during trial.
According to The United States Agency for Development (USAID) only 7% of Liberia’s 66,000 miles of roads is paved.
The jurist denied all charges contending allegations outlined in the Bill of impeachment were groundless and that the rules governing the proceedings were unconstitutional.
“The instant Impeachment Proceeding is premature, illegal and invalid. Hence, a fit subject for dismissal,” the Supreme Court judge said.
“That the Bill of Impeachment is further invalid not only because there is no procedure prescribed by the Legislature for impeachment of the Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of Liberia, but also because it falls far below the accepted national and universal standard for such action.”