Cllr. Scott’s Son Condemns Police Murder Charges, as Family Drags Government to Court
TEMPLE OF JUSTICE, MONROVIA – The son of Cllr. Gloria Musu-Scott has termed the allegations against his mother as a witch hunt and politically influenced by individuals wanting to tarnish the reputation of the former Chief Justice of Liberia.
According to Nyowo Scott, the real perpetrators are going with impunity while his mother and three others are being charged wrongfully for the crimes of murder, criminal conspiracy and raising false alarm.
Speaking to reporters in an interview, Mr. Scott maintained that his mother and the three persons charged with the crimes, are innocent at the same time calling on the police to find the murderer.
“My mother is innocent, Auntie Younda is innocent, Auntie AC is innocent, and Auntie Gertrude is innocent. Charloe was murdered and the murderer is out there and nobody is saying anything,” he said.
He, however, accused journalist Abraham Wheon of linking out information to the public that they had no knowledge about.
“Freedom talk show host Abraham Wheon had the information before the police could even call us. What is that?” Scott lamented.
Mr. Scott vowed to drag Journalist Wheon to court to take the witness stand as he has been tarnishing the reputation of his mother on his talk shows.
“This guy called AB Wheon your days in court will come. We will meet you in court.
He, among other things noted that since they are all females, he expressed fear over their safety adding” they need to be protected and their safety is in the hands of the Liberia National Police.”
The son of the former Chief Justice noted that they are ready to fight the case, adding that their legal team is ready to handle the case
On Tuesday June 20, 2023 lawyers representing the legal interest of former Chief Justice Scott and her family informed reporters that police had prepared several charges including murder, criminal conspiracy and raising false alarm against them.
According to reports, they were charged verbally by the Liberia National Police on Tuesday June 20, 23 following months of questioning and investigations.
Cllr Musu-Scott and three others are charged with the crimes based on an “armed attack” at her home in Brewerville, Virginia on February 22, 2023 that led to the death of Charloe Musu, daughter of the former chief Justice.
In March the former Chief Justice appeared at the LNP headquarters where she spent over five hours in police custody, undergoing investigation relating to the murder of her daughter.
That appearance marked the third time the former chief Justice was called in for questioning.
Meanwhile, following the charges against her on Tuesday, lawyers representing her legal interest filed a writ of Habeas corpus at the Criminal Court “C” at the Temple of Justice.
The writ of Habeas corpus is a recourse in law through which a person can report an unlawful detention or imprisonment to a court and request that the court order the custodian of the person, usually a prison official, to bring the prisoner to court, to determine whether the detention is lawful.
It was filed by defense lawyers on grounds that they are yet to receive a formal charge sheet linking the defendants to the crimes.
According to the defense, they were not presented with a formal writ of arrest as the law dictates. They noted that the police had placed a call via phone inviting them to the LNP headquarters on June 20, 2023.
In the writ, defense lawyers maintained that the former Chief Justice and the three were subsequently placed under arrest and detained without a written charge presented to them.
“On Tuesday June, 20, 2023, Petitioners were by way of telephone called on to appear and upon appearance, the Petitioners were arrested and detained in the presence of the Counsel without a formal charge ” defense stated.
Some of the defense lawyers include: Cllr T. Negablee Warner, former Dean of the Louis Arthur Grimes school of law, Cllr. Augustine C. Fayiah and Cllr N. Dickson R. Tamba among others.
Meanwhile, Criminal court “C” has ordered the Ministry of Justice and the LNP to produce the living bodies of the defendants before the court on June 2, 2023 by 12 pm.
“You are hereby commanded to produce the living bodies of Cllr. Gloria Musu-Scott, Ma Rebecca Y. Wisner, Gertrude Newton and Alice Johnson, petitioners presently in the custody of the Liberia National Police (LNP), together with the cause of such detention before the first Judicial Circuit Court, Criminal Court “C” for Montserrado County, Republic of Liberia sitting in its May term A D. 2023, at the Circuit Court House on Wednesday June 21, 2023 at 12:00PM.
Those expected to be brought in court include Cllr. Gloria Musu-Scott, Rebecca Youdeh Wisner, Gertrude Newton and Alice Johnson.