By Bill W. Cooper
The Solicitor General, Syrenius Cephus, says it will be difficult for the Liberian government to implement the opinion of the ECOWAS Court in the Kabineh Ja’neh case without the opinion of the court.
He pointed out that the government’s decision is a stemmed from of the ECOWAS Court’s failure to give copy of its opinion to the Liberian government for perusal and further actions.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with ELBC over the weekend, SG Cephus, amongst other things, described the country’s former Associate Justice Case coupled with the conduct of the president of the ECOWAS Court during the trial as bad examples in international law.
“We have been behind the court to give us the opinion to see the rationale for ruling the way the court ruled but it has refused to give us a copy. We are unable to advise our government because we do not have the ruling,” the SG stressed.
He emphasized that it would be difficult to advice the Liberian government on any further action without previewing a copy of the court’s opinion in the matter.
It can be recalled that in November, 2020, the ECOWAS Court through its ruling ordered the Liberian government to reinstate former Associate Justice Ja’neh with all of his rights restored to include some US$200,000 as reparation for moral prejudice after he challenged his impeachment in that court.