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Bong Lawmaker terms Tyler’s recusal illegal

Following the recent recusal of embattled Speaker J. Alex Tyler, Bong County Representative Lester Paye has described the move as totally illegal. “Our law or court jurisprudent does not have the word morality or recusal. Recusal from the definition, it starts from a judiciary background”, he said.

He said for instance, if his brother and someone had a commotion and went to court, recusal will be done if he is the judge to allow different judge to adjudicate for an impartial judgment to occur between both parties.

Representative Paye further argued one can’t be a judge and referee at the same time, something he noted, makes the word recusal to be more of a judiciary background, adding “When it comes to politics, when it comes to recusal; to introduce recusal in politics is very difficult to understand because the presumption of innocence, it says when you are charged, the law requires that your accuser should be the one to bring the evidence”.

He said there has to be conviction before punishment is effected instead of being punished before convicted. The Zoeta District Representative also indicated that under the law, the issue of flight shows that one is guilty, adding that a smart lawyer could argue that Tyler is guilty because he recused himself.

He said it also will mean that he knows that he did something wrong that is why he recused himself. The lawmaker said his argument comes in support of the law and should not be misconstrued as being in support of Speaker Tyler.

By Ramsey N. Singbeh, Jr. in Margibi-Editing by Jonathan Browne

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