The Supreme Court of Liberia has summoned both the Justice and Information ministers to defend themselves against allegations of contempt. This comes after a not guilty verdict was reached in a US$100 million cocaine case.
The ministers in question are Frank Musa Dean and Ledgerhood Julius Rennie, and they have both been requested to appear before the full bench of the Supreme Court on June 6, 2023.
The court has also issued a writ of summons to Front Page Africa newspaper over an Action of Criminal Contempt of court.
The Ministry of Justice previously criticized the verdict, stating that it undermines the collective efforts of Liberia and its international coalition to clamp down on drug trafficking.
The Justice Minister emphasized that all three branches of the government must work together to effectively combat drug trafficking, money laundering, and other crimes associated with illicit drug transportation and sale.