Jurors sitting on the over US$800,000 economic sabotage case against former National Port Authority Managing Director Ms. Matilda Parker and her comptroller Mrs. Christian Kpabar-Paelay have rejected a hospital designated for them to undergo medical examination.
Ms. Parker and Mrs. Paelay are being tried on charges of economic sabotage, theft of property and criminal conspiracy over claims of awarding wreck removal and security consultancy contracts worth US$800,000 plus that were never implemented.
They were jointly indicted along with the alleged contractor, Mr. Deneah Martin Flomo, but prosecution dropped further legal actions against him and is being used as state witness.
Presiding Criminal Court “C” Judge A. Blamo Dixon, said Wednesday, 20 January, “The jurors did not like the hospital” to which they were taken on Tuesday, 19 January “and so they were brought back to their apartments.”
“The court says that the Jury Management Office [along] with the representatives of both the prosecution and the defense teams [along] with the jurors went to the hospital on Tuesday, January 19, 2016; but it was observed that the jurors did not like the said hospital …,” the court said yesterday.
As such, Judge Dixon noted that the court and the Jury Management Office have chosen another hospital, adding that between now [Wednesday] and Thursday, January 21 or Tuesday, 26 January; a new hospital will be selected for the empaneled jury.
By Winston W. Parley-Edited by Jonathan Browne