President George M. Weah appoints Judge YussifKaba as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia, pending senate confirmation.
Upon confirmation, Judge Kaba will replace impeached Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh.
Justice Ja’neh was impeached by the Liberian Senate last Friday for alleged proved misconduct, abuse of public office, wanton abuse of judicial discretion, frauds, misuse of power and corruption.
One of the cases which triggered his impeachment trial related to a land dispute involving a private citizen, Madam Annie Yancy Constance.
Associate Justice Ja’neh was accused by lawmakers of using his influence as Associate Justice to secure a ruling in his favor at the Supreme Court to take possession of said land.But former Justice Ja’neh since denied these allegations.
The former Associate Justice Ja’neh hails from the Mandingo tribe and is a key leader within the Muslim community. His successor, Judge Kaba also hails from the same tribe and is a key figure within the Muslim community as well.
Members of the Liberian Senate voted overwhelmingly to effect his impeachment on Friday March 29, a move which has ended months of political and legal battles initiated in 2018 by the House of Representatives over numerous charges.
The Senate voted Friday, 29 March to impeach Justice Ja’neh on account of a decision taken to grant a writ of prohibition that prevented government from collecting road funds taxed against oil and gas companies because it had not been imposed through legislative act.
Following his impeachment Friday, one of Ja’neh’s lawyers Cllr. LavalaSupuwood noted his client’s exception to the decision, announcing that they will take an appeal at the Supreme Court.
Impeached Justice Ja’neh’s lawyers arguments are that the decision he took in chambers while performing his constitutional duties was further validated by all five justices of the Supreme Court, including Chief Justice Francis Korkpor, who presided over the impeachment trial in the senate. Press Release