Monrovia – Criminal Court “A” Judge Roosevelt Willie has ordered the arrest of Lonestar Cell MTN Legal Counsel, Prince Kruah, over what he termed Contempt of Court, for deliberately refusing to appear during Wednesday’s proceedings in the ongoing trial of Charloe Musu’s alleged murder.
By Willie N. Tokpah / 0777039231
Judge Willie made the decision on Wednesday, December 6, after the Sheriff reported that Lonestar GSM, represented by Cllr. Kruah, was absent.
According to Judge Willie, Cllr. Kruah was present in court when the announcement was made for Lonestar Cell to appear after a Writ of Subpoena was issued for the mandate.
Lone Star Cell MTN, Orange GSM, and Varlee Telleh, along with Monrovia City Mayor, Jefferson T. Koijee, were all summoned through the court’s subpoena to testify on Monday, December 4, as requested by the defense team in the case.
However, protests by Monrovia Central Prison staff stalled the witnesses from testifying, leading the court to reschedule for Wednesday, December 6.
During Wednesday’s proceedings, Judge Willie emphasized that Cllr. Kruah’s failure to appear was dishonest to the court and intended to delay the trial, leading to a contempt charge against him.
“He was present in court when the announcement was made for the company to appear. Besides, the defense issued a notice for Lonestar MTN Company to make a correction, which was made, and he was instructed to be present. However, he is absent from court, claiming he had not been notified,” Judge Willie added.
“Therefore, the court notes that such action is disingenuous to the court and intended to delay the case.”
In his writ of contempt, Judge Willie also instructed the Sheriff to arrest Cllr. Kruah and bring him before the court to show cause why he should not be held in contempt.
Cllr. Prince Kruah, Legal Counsel of Lonestar Cell MTN, later appeared at the court after the order was made. However, Judge Willie maintained his orders to the Sheriff for the arrest of the Lonestar Cell MTN Legal Counsel in accordance with his decision.
LoneStar MTN and Orange GSM were subpoenaed to provide detailed call logs and testify on whether Cllr. Scott Orange and Lonestar numbers were in active service between February 22, 2023, and November 30, 2023.
Defense Lawyers of Cllr. Glorious Musu Scott informed the court that the defendant Scott’s phone and laptop went missing during the incident and are still in active service. Therefore, the mobile network subpoena aims to reveal who is using the said number.
Orange GSM Legal Counsel, Cllr. Supu Sumo, during his testimony, admitted that the orange number mentioned in the court’s document was in active use during the specified period but could not identify the user.
Cllr. Supu stated that he could not see the name of the person using the number and requested the court to give him time to identify the number.
Meanwhile, Judge Willie has requested that Cllr. Supu appear on Monday, December 11, to provide details about the name of the person using the number.