Liberia: Supreme Court Jails RIA Security Officer

The Supreme Court of Liberia has jailed a security officer at the Robert International Airport (RIA) for one week at the Monrovia Central Prison.

Officer Levi Johnson was complained to the Supreme Court by Justice SIE-A-Nyene G. Yuoh for allegedly disrespecting her.

On Wednesday, Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor ruled against security officer Johnson, sentencing him to one week imprisonment with immediate effect up to April 5, 2016.

The officer was represented by Cllr. T. Negballee Warner of RIA, while Justice Yuoh was represented by Cllr. Emmanuel James.

Officers Levi Johnson and James Ballah were summoned on March 28, 2016, in connection with disrespectful behavior shown to Justice Yuoh on the 26th day of March at the RIA by Officer Johnson.

In his submission to the Writ on March 29, 2016, Cllr. Warner expressed his regrets over the action of Officer Johnson.

However, Cllr. James recommended a two-week imprisonment as penalty for the alleged disrespectful behavior of the officers, while former Senate Pro-tempt Gbehzongar Findley begged the court to give the officers a second chance.

In his ruling, Justice Korkpor narrated that last Saturday a colleague of the court went to the airport to receive a family member.

He said while she was there, she requested officer Ballah to use the bathroom and identified herself as Justice of the High Court.

Accordingly, he said while Justice Yuoh was in the bathroom, officer Johnson came banging on the door of the bathroom, having the justice to come out and inquired what was going on.

Justice Korkpor explained that the Associate Justice again identified herself but officer Johnson made a remark stating "my sister, leave this place; we are expecting guest in this place," and he forcibly escorted her out.

However, Justice korkpor said that the apology by former senator Findley and others were taken into consideration by the court but in keeping with law, the Officer have to sustain a penalty for disrespecting the judiciary at large.