Liberia: Drama at the Temple of Justice

Over the UK National Arrest

The grounds of the Temple of Justice which houses Criminal Court ‘A’ was a scene of disbelief when a British national identified as Hans Armstrong was arrested by court officers based on the direction of Judge Scheaplor Dunbar of the court of Civil Law “B” of Montserrado County.

The dramatic situation occurred after Armstrong reportedly went to court as one of the state’s witnesses to appear before the grand jurors, to testify in a US$5 million economic sabotage case involving Senate Secretary Nanborlor Singbeh.

As they sat alone with other state witnesses, court officers appeared at the scene and one of them (court officers) pulled out Judge Dunbar’s order, demanding that the British national follows him immediately, which Cllr resisted. Wesseh A. Wesseh, Deputy Minister for Litigation at the Department of Justice.

Minister Wesseh argued that Armstrong was a state witness and could not be arrested under government control. After hours of back and forth, court officers left without taking Armstrong alone.

Armstrong was later turned over to the civil law court judge after completing his (Armstrong’s) testimony before the Montserrado County grand jurors.

When Armstrong appeared before Judge Dunbar, there was no attorney to represent him there, and the judge did not ask if Armstrong was legally represented; rather in an angry mood, Judge Dumbar ordered court officers to take Armstrong to jail.

Prior to Judge Dunbar’s arrest and jail action on Monday, the British national had written two separate communications to Chief Justice Francis Korkpor expressing his disappointment with the judge’s handling of his uncontested divorce case (Armstrong).

At the hearing of the case which would be a civil matter, Judge Dunbar initially arrested Armstrong on the basis that he (Armstrong) had refused to pay US$6,000 in attorney’s fees to the attorney of his ex-wife in the person of Cllr. G. Wrefurd Sayeh, which led Armstrong to complain about Justice Dunbar to Chief Justice Korkpor.

On October 25, 2021, Justice Dunbar was complained to Chief Justice Francis Korkpor by a British national, Hans Armstrong, who accused him of ethical transgression, while presiding over his uncontested divorce case. ex-wife Karen R. Clarke Armstrong.

Again, Armstrong wrote a follow-up complaint letter on December 21, 2021 to the high court priest drawing his attention to the behavior of Judge Dunbar, who had demanded payment of attorneys’ fees, and the subsequent issuance of a writ of judgment against him (Armstrong) for his refusal to pay the costs of legal services requested by the judge.

The case against Justice Dunbar was sparked when the judge opted to enforce the early judgment of his predecessor, Justice Yamie Quiqui Gbeisay, who demanded that Armstrong pay his estranged wife, lawyer Cllr. G. Wrefurd Sayeh the sum of six thousand United States dollars prosecuting the case.