By: James K. Kadi, Jr
The United Bank of Africa (UBA) has been accused of jurors tampering in the Mamawa & son Inc. case.
Early this year, Mamawa &Son Inc. sued UBA for US$16.9million damages at the Civil Law Court but the bank later won the case.
However, the plaintiff lawyers later filed for a new trial after being informed that the forelady for the jurors received US$1,200, from UBA which was later distributed among four jurors in their deliberation room.
The plaintiff team accused UBA of tampering with the jurors which resulted into the bank winning the case at the time.
The movant in the affidavit of confirmation and statement of facts said, before the jurors retired into their deliberation room, the court told them to leave their telephones outside, which they did.
However, the forelady in person of Leona W. Klay is said to have not complied with the court order and took her cell phone with her in the deliberation room which she reportedly used to communicate with her colleagues through text messages.
The affidavit of confirmation and statement of fact said on three different occasions, the forelady left the deliberation room and pretended that she was going into the bathroom.
The plaintiff legal team explained that when the forelady came from the bathroom, she had US$1,200 and later distributed the amount among four of her colleagues. But two jurors, Ayesah Sayon and Thelma J. Sirleaf were said to have refused the money on grounds that they took oath to uphold justice.
The plaintiff lawyers said based on the information gathered from jurors Ayesah Sayon and Thelma J. Sirleaf, they decided to file for a new trial.
The Movant prays the judge to further investigate the forelady with specific reference on telephone numbers 0886074375, 0777056785 and to call the bailiff, Humphrey Seequeh who served as a guide person for the jurors to also make statement before the court relative to the issue.
“By these, your honor will, in the spirit of justice and transparency, set aside this corruptible juror verdict and order a new trial consistent with chapter 26 of the Civil Procedure Code Section 26.4 in our further effort to exonerate the judicial from practices by outsider and all other relief that your honor will deem just and equitable,” the movant said.
The court in its ruling ordered the Clerk of Court to verify the telephone numbers that were provided by counsels for the movants and thereafter issue a subpoena to both Cellcom and the Lonestar Communication Services to provide the call log including text messages evidence of the forelady and on date of the verdict commencing from 12: noon up to and including 7:00 pm on the 15th day of June 2017.
The clerk of court was also ordered to make the information available to the court on or before Tuesday, July 4, 2017at 12noon.
Thereafter, Judge Yusif D. Kaba said the court shall proceed to enter its determination on the motion for new trial and resistance thereto on Thursday, July 6, 2017.