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Justice Minister-designate Allays Fears

The Justice Minister-designate, Cllr. Frank Musa Dean has told Senators on Monday, February 19, 2018 that he would not bow to government politics to prosecute without evidence.

“I can assure you that in the event where politics comes into conflict with the rule of law and it cannot be harmonized, we will insist that the law takes its course,” he vowed.

“I don’t go to court to lose. If I don’t have evidence, I will not go to court. I will look in the face of whosoever and say I don’t have evidence,” the presidential nominee told the Senate Committee on Judiciary at his confirmation hearing on Monday.

Cllr. Dean added that more than 1,200 inmates are languishing at the Monrovia Central Prison without substantial evidence to prosecute them.

“We have received lots of reports and at this moment, we have more than 1,200 inmates at the Monrovia Central Prison without trial for years. This facility was built to accommodate 350 prisoners. We will continue to collaborate with the Judicial branch of government to improve the justice system,’ stated the Justice Minister-designate.

According to him, many of the pre-trial detainees should not be at the prison facility in the first place as magistrates sentence people to jail for bailable offenses. He added that in some instances, they should be released.

The Justice Minister-designate also vowed to present legislations to members of the 54th Legislature that will improve the nation’s justice system to benefit Liberians.

The nominee promised to streamline integrity institutions that are not working together but competing with each other.

Writes: Titus E. Dessie

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