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Judicial guards bar entry to Supreme Court

-following riots

By Kruah Thompson

The Supreme Court of Liberia has instructed its security guards to lock the compound of Temple of Justice, denying access to the public until 12 noon.

According to guards posted at various entries of the Supreme Court, the action is in response to riots that allegedly erupted between supporters of the leader of All Liberian Party (ALP) Mr. Benoni Urey and the leader of the Alternative National Congress (ANC) Mr. Alexander Cummings on Thursday, January 06, 2022, that left three guards wounded.

The guards said they have been mandated by higher authority to lock the entrance of the Supreme Court until the tension between both parties at the Monrovia City Court is reduced.

Tension erupted after people believed to be supporters of both political leaders forced their way through the main entrance of the Monrovia City Court to witness the trial of the ANC leader Mr. Cummings, who has been accused by Mr. Urey of the ALP of altering the Constitution of the Collaborating Political Parties, CPP.

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Crowd at the gate

However, Mr. Sam Gonkernu, who angrily demanded entry into the compound on grounds that he needed to meet with his relatives, who promised him money, noted that the Supreme Court is a public building where some people go to seek Justice while others with scheduled go to meet important persons, including relatives, therefore, stopping them violates their rights.

“We came here to meet our relatives, who promised us so that we can be able to feed our family. What I got to do with Cummings and Urey business.” He said 

Some of those individuals denied entry then immediately called their relatives but unfortunately, the guards posted at the various entrances angrily refused, maintaining that they are following order. 

One guard whose name was not disclosed said the instruction is to not allow anybody into the compound until 12:00 pm “And “I’m not going to violate that order.”

Predicated on this, scores of visitors were lineup in front of the Supreme Court, demanding entry.

Meanwhile, last Thursday’s clashes at the criminal trial of opposition Alternative National Congress leader, Alexander B. Cummings, left two female court officers badly injured and two male officers severely wounded.https://thenewdawnliberia.com/liberia-court-suspends-cummings-hearing/ Editing by Jonathan Browne

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