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Friday, June 14, 2024

FAMILY OF FORMER CHIEF JUSTICE GLORIA MUSU SCOTT URGES MINISTRY OF JUSTICE TO REVIEW MURDER CHARGE

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MONROVIA, LIBERIA – The family of former Chief Justice Gloria Musu Scott is urging the Ministry of Justice to invoke Title 12 of the Executive Law to review the murder charge against Cllr. Scott. Their appeal seeks to ensure that justice is served fairly and to address concerns of potential judicial misconduct and inhumane treatment.

The Criminal Procedure Code of Liberia provides legal tools and mechanisms that authorize the Attorney General, through Prosecuting Attorneys, to prevent, correct, and end the miscarriage of justice, persecution, and cruel and inhumane treatment of individuals.

Speaking after a meeting with authorities at the Ministry of Justice on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, Nathaniel Toe, the family spokesperson, expressed hope for a thorough review of the case. Toe mentioned that the Ministry of Justice has assured the family that it will respond to all the concerns and letters they have submitted since the indictment.

“The Ministry of Justice has promised to address our concerns and the correspondence we have sent regarding the indictment of Cllr. Scott,” Toe stated. “We believe that invoking Title 12 of the Executive Law will ensure a just and fair review of the case, in line with the legal provisions that protect against miscarriage of justice.”

The family’s appeal emphasizes the need for a careful and unbiased examination of the charges against Cllr. Scott. They hope that the Attorney General will use the authority vested in the position to re-evaluate the evidence and circumstances surrounding the case.

“The Criminal Procedure Code of Liberia is clear in its mandate to prevent and correct any form of judicial abuse,” Toe added. “We trust that the Ministry of Justice will uphold these principles and take the necessary steps to ensure justice is served.”

The case of former Chief Justice Gloria Musu Scott has garnered significant attention, and the family’s call for a review underscores their commitment to ensuring that legal proceedings are conducted fairly and justly. They remain hopeful that the Ministry of Justice will act in accordance with the law to address their concerns comprehensively.

As the Ministry of Justice prepares to respond, the family and the public await further developments in the case, with the hope that justice will be administered without prejudice or delay.

It can be recalled that in January of this year, Criminal Court A sentenced Cllr. Scott and three others to life imprisonment. The case dates back to February of 2023 when Charlotte Musu was found brutally murdered in her home. The investigation quickly focused on Cllr. Scott and her alleged involvement in the heinous crime. As the former Chief Justice, she was accustomed to being in the public eye, but no one expected her to become the central figure in a murder trial.

Throughout the trial, Cllr. Scott’s legal team argued vehemently that there were numerous doubts and inconsistencies in the evidence presented against her. They claimed that the prosecution twisted facts and selectively presented evidence to bolster their case. These doubts, they argued, cast a shadow of reasonable doubt over the guilt of Cllr. Scott and the others accused.

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