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Civil Law Court dismisses former soldiers petition

By Arthur Douglas

(mylbsonline.com/Liberia/Nov.20/2013) The Monrovia Civil Law Court has dismissed retired and demobilized soldiers’ petition requesting retirement and pension benefits from the Liberian Government.

The retired and demobilized soldiers are former members of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).

In his ruling, Judge A. Boima Kontoe said: “the Civil Service Retirement and pension Law, used by the soldiers’ lawyers, does not exist, because it was not passed into law and printed in Hand Bills to be referenced as law.”

A Liberia News Agency (LINA) dispatch quotes Judge Kontoe as haven said: “If the complainants’ lawyers wanted a case for trial, they would have attached one, or more letters of administration to their petition.”

“The lawyers did not represent their clients professionally.”
He, however, denied the lawyers’ petition demanding that the retired and demobilized soldiers be given pension and retirement benefits.

Judge Kontoe brought down the Court’s decision Monday, November 18, 2013 at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia. 

 


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