Supreme Court Again Puts Stay Order on the Certification of the Lofa County Senator-elect Brownie Samukai

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The Supreme Court of Liberia Justice in Chamber  Justic Joseph Nagba has granted the writ of prohibition filed by the Government of Liberia against the certification of Lofa county senator elect J. Brownie Samukai.

Delivering his ruling Friday July 9, 2021  Justices Nagba instructed  the clerk of the  court to issue a writ of prohibition ordering the National Elections Commission not to certificate  of senator elect  Samukai. until he meet up with  his lability  imposed on him by his conviction according to the law .

 Former Defense Minister Samukai received the most votes in Lofa county December 8, 2020 Senatorial election.making him the winner.

Since Samukai was decleared winner, he has suffered a lot of legal battles.

On February 24, 2021, the Supreme Court of Liberia ruled in Samukai’s favor in the electoral dispute case filed by three of his rivals, claiming irregularities and fraud in Lofa County District No. 4.

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Samukai and mandated to the NEC to proceed with the matter.

On February 8, 2021, the Supreme Court upheld a criminal court’s verdict in the corruption case involving Samukai and a former deputy minister and the former Comptroller at the Ministry of Defense.

On March 24, 2020, the Criminal Court “C’’ found Samukai, Joseph F. Johnson and former Deputy Minister for Administration and J. Nyumah Dorkor, former Comptroller of the Ministry of Defense guilty of misappropriating US$1.3 million from the Armed Forces compulsory contributing fund that was deposited at Ecobank Liberia.

Samukai and his lawyers appealed the case but the supreme court upheld the decision of the lower court and was asked to repay the said amount.

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