Liberia: Prosecutors Admit Omitting Pages from WhatsApp Chat in Cummings’ Trial
MONROVIA – State lawyers prosecuting the political leader of the ANC Mr. Alexander Cummings, and his party chairman and Secretary General for alleged forgery, have admitted omitting pages from the WhatsApp chat between the leadership of the CPP. They, however, told the court that it was inadvertent.
Cummings’ lawyers, had brought to the attention of the court that the evidence in the form of the WhatsApp chat among the CPP leaders presented to the court by the prosecution was tampered with and needed to be investigated. According to them, portions that could exonerate Mr. Cummings and other accused were removed from the text presented to the court.
Cummings and his party executives, Vice National Chairman Daniel Naatehn and Secretary General Aloysius Toe, are on trial for allegedly altering the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) Framework Document – an allegation brought up against him by a constituent member of the CPP, the All Liberian Party headed by Mr. Benoni Urey. The ALP later announced its withdrawal from the CPP.
ANC authorities have vehemently rejected and denied the charges as bogus, and politically motivated as part of conspiracies between the All Liberian Party of Benoni Urey and the ruling CDC with ulterior motives.
At today’s hearing, state Lawyers produced and presented the missing pages of text messages between July 2-July 18, 2020, and said the pages were inadvertently omitted.
ANC Defense Lawyers discovered last week that the July 2-July 18, 2020 text messages and conversations were extracted by State Prosecutors led by Solicitor General Cephus, which were crucial to vindicating the ANC Political Leader of the charges of forgery, criminal conspiracy and altering the CPP framework document.
The Monrovia City Court presided over by Magistrate Jomah Jallah noted the admission by the State Prosecutors which they said it was inadvertently omitted and ordered the marking of the new submission which included the missing pages of text messages.
Meanwhile, State prosecutors’ first state witness, Theodore Momo, Chairman of the All Liberian Party of Mr. Benoni Urey, is still undergoing cross examination by ANC defense lawyers. Defense Lawyers have described his testimony as lies and are seeking to establish that witness Momo lied under oath about the alteration of the CPP framework document.