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The Impeachment Managers of the House of Representatives has presented to the Liberian Senate, instruments intended to be used to impeach Associate Justice Kabineh M. Ja’neh, in spite of two separate challenges against the process at the Supreme Court.

The Senate which is clothed with power to conduct impeachment trials, is already being challenged by four of its members at the Supreme Court of Liberia for amending Rule 63 of its Standing Rules to pave the way for Senators to go ahead and impeach Ja’neh since the Legislature did not prescribe rules for impeachment.

“We now therefore want to present these instruments to the Senate through its authorized authority as … the instruments brought forward to you to be used for the impeachment of the Associate Justice as named herein,” the Chairman of the Committee, Gbarpolu County Rep. Cllr. Kanie Wesso reported Thursday, 15 November.

He says the Committee went to work and brought a report, followed by a resolution and came up with the impeachment bill.

Rep. Wesso presented instruments in the hands of the Managers for the purpose of impeaching Associate Justice Ja’neh, who is accused by ruling party CDC Representatives Moses Acarous Gray and Thomas Fallah of alleged proved misconduct and abuse of judicial description, among others.

In the wake of the speeding legislative process to impeach Ja’neh, the accused Justice is still looking up to the Supreme Court for its decision in his petition for a writ of prohibition against the lawmakers’ action that precedes the request filed by the four senators to stay impeachment.
Rep. Wesso says the Managers have a resolution setting up the rules to govern the impeachment of president, vice president, members of the Supreme Court, judges of standing courts and ad – hoc civil officers as well.

Additionally, he says the Managers have in their possession the report of the special ad – hoc committee of the House of Representatives to investigate the petition filed by “our colleagues.”

Further, he says they have the impeachment bill that was drawn up and passed by the House, and copies of the amended petition that was filed by Reps. Thomas Fallah and Moses Acarous Gray.

By Winston W. Parley–Editing by Jonathan Browne

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