Former Chief Justice and Family Members Arrested for Murder, but Released on Habeas Corpus Petition

Former Chief Justice Cllr. Gloria Musu Scott and three members of her family were arrested on June 20, 2023, and charged with murder, criminal conspiracy, and providing false information to police investigators linked to the murder of Charloe Musu, daughter of Cllr. Scott.

However, on June 21, 2023, the First Judicial Circuit, Criminal Court C in Montserrado County ruled in favor of Cllr. Scott’s petition for Habeas Corpus, citing Article 21F of the Liberian Constitution.

The court noted that the petition was not premature and the petitioners had been in constructive detention and protective custody since February 22, 2033.

The court set free the petitioners from all holding cells until an indictment is drawn against them through a competent court of jurisdiction.

The prosecution argued that the petition was premature, but the defense argued that the state had humiliated, tortured, and violated the petitioners’ human rights.

Sympathizers of Cllr. Scott and the three others believe that they are innocent and that the government may not be able to prove the case otherwise.

There are speculations that the government of Liberia is preparing an official indictment and writ of arrest from the city court to be issued in due course against Cllr. Gloria Scott and others.

Meanwhile, the government of Liberia has yet to release the body of the victim to the family for burial.

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