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Civil Law Court ruled against ex-Chess President

Kolubah Zayzay/Maximilian Kasseh, Jr.

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-The Civil Law Court has ruled in favor of the Liberia Chess Federation in the case involving the federation and the dethroned President, Winston Ireland.

Mr. Ireland last year took the Liberia Chess Federation to court, accusing the federation and the then interim Leadership of removing him from the presidency illegally.

Mr. Ireland also took Youth and Sports Minister, Zeogar Wilson, to the Civil Law Court for sending a communication to the international body of Chess, FIDE, informing that body of a change of leadership in the Liberian Chess Federation.

It can be recalled that Stakeholders at a General Assembly of the Liberia Chess Federation in March, 2018 passed a vote of no confidence in Mr. Ireland and his leadership, accusing them of violating the Organization’s Constitution.

Ireland challenged the General Assembly’s decision, saying that March sitting was against the Local Chess Federation’s constitution.

But in his ruling, the Civil Law court judge, Yussif Kaba, said the action of the General Assembly of the Liberia Chess Federation was within the confines of the constitution, as such the leadership elected as a consequence of the GA’s action was legitimate.

“In light of the foregoing, this court says that the act of the General Assembly of the Federation was within the confines of the constitution, and therefore, the leadership elected as a consequence of such action stands as the leaders of the association until otherwise ordered by term of the constitution,” the Court in its ruling said.

Reacting to the ruling Thursday, Winston Ireland said he will take an appeal against the court’s ruling at the Supreme Court.

“I’m taking an appeal against this ruling at the Supreme Court,” he said.

For his part, the Chess Federation President, William Thompson, said the federation was happy with the ruling, but noted that the Chess Federation will take further legal actions against Winston Ireland.
 

 


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