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CEMESP files Writ of Mandamus against IIC

By Moses Sonkarlay
CEMESP Executive Director, Malcolm Joseph
CEMESP Executive Director, Malcolm Joseph

mylbsonline/Liberia)-The Center for Media Studies and Peace Building (CEMESP) has filed a writ of Mandamus with the Supreme Court of Liberia against the Independent Information Commission (IIC).

CEMESP wants the Supreme Court compel the IIC to conduct hearing into the media advocacy organization’s complaint against the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) for delaying the release of Asset Declaration Information.

Lawyers representing CEMESP filed the writ of Mandamus Monday April 29, 2013 at the Supreme Court in Monrovia.
The Supreme Court of Liberia is the highest judicial framework for litigation in the country. 

According to a release, quoting CEMESP Executive Director, Malcolm Joseph, in November 2012, the media advocacy group filed a request to the LACC for the Asset Declaration forms of all Cabinet Ministers and their Deputies.

The release quotes CEMESP as saying: “Our request is in accordance with section 3.2 of Liberia’s Freedom of Information Act of 2010.”

It said: “CEMESP’s move followed string of prior engagements with the LACC, which yielded no positive results.”

“Petitioner requested the Supreme Court to compel the accused to get seized of CEMESP’s complaint within one week, as of the Court’s ruling in the writ of Mandamus,” the release added.

Mr. Joseph, in the release, said: “In November 2012, the LACC Chairperson responded and agreed to make the document available, if CEMESP underwrote its duplication cost.”

“CEMESP agreed to satisfy the condition set for making the document in question available and requested the number of pages it contains,” Executive Director Joseph also said.

He noted: “In December 2012, LACC went back on its previous position and failed to provide the Asset Declaration Information on grounds that they were confidential.”


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