14 Jan 2014

Liberia faces legal crisis as Justice Minister is debarred

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia is consulting legal experts after the country's Justice Minister was debarred from practising law for six months for contempt of court.

The preisdent of Liberia is consulting legal experts after the country's Justice Minister was debarred Phon Promwisate

However, the President and other ministers appear eager to stress that the issue will be handled in the proper way. Information minister Lewis Brown said: 'One thing you can be sure is that this President, as has been done in the past, will continue to respect the line of demarcation of the court, the independence of the various branches and the duty of the court to say what the law is.' Justice Minister Christiana Tah was suspended by the Supreme Court for releasing the managing editor of FrontPageAfrica from prison. He had been sent to prison when he did not pay a libel debt of $1.5m which was due to the former agriculture minister. Ms Tah said she released the editor on compassionate grounds. Source: Voice of America

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