Home Politics As Charloe Musu Murder Trial Intensifies: Koijee Takes Witness Stand; Denies Connection To Keita

As Charloe Musu Murder Trial Intensifies: Koijee Takes Witness Stand; Denies Connection To Keita

by News Manager

Frank P. Martin

MONROVIA: Monrovia City Major Jefferson Tamba Koijee has denied his connection to Mohammed Keita.

Koijee yesterday, December 13, 2023, appeared before Criminal Court ‘A’, at the Temple of Justice on Capitol Hill in Monrovia in connection to the Charloe Musu murder trial.

Koijee’s appearance followed a motion of subpoenas filled by defense lawyers, representing former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia, Gloria Musu-Scott, and three of her family members
who were charged by the Liberia National Police (LNP), for murder, providing false report to law enforcement officers.

Appearing in Court, Koijee admitted that he Knows Varlee as an employee of the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) but denied knowing Mohammed Keita. He also denied making any mobile phone call to Keita, the man who the defense lawyers in the Charloe Musu murder case claimed had been a mediator between Mayor Koijee, Varlee Telleh, and Moses Wright, Security assigned to the home of Defendant Glorious Musu Scott.

Jefferson T. Koijee, taking the witness stand told the court that although he has a working relationship with Varlee Telleh, however, he doesn’t know from which perspective the defense intends to know the level of communication between them.

He said he has never known or interacted with Cllr. Scott or family and that he has no idea of the incident that occurred on February 22, leading to the death of the late Charloe Musu.
Nevertheless, he acknowledged knowing Varlee Telleh who is a patrolman of the Monrovia City Police but maintained that he has no ambiguous dealing with Telleh.
Therefore, he further suggested that the GSM Company would be the best to find all details regarding his interactions with whosoever, from the time mentioned.

Koijee also confirmed 0776407969 0779229900 as his two active numbers, one of which was given to the police through the Ministry of Justice.
He said: “Let the defense counsel note that the numbers I called are my numbers being used and another was sent to the Ministry of Justice to also investigate said matter.”
The defense however argued that one of the numbers, (0776407969) which was also presented to the police was not in active use, as indicated by Orange GSM Company.
Koijee then said he gave his official number: 0779229900 to the Minister of Justice and not 0776407969, which was presented to the police.

Last week, a Writ of Subpoenas was prayed for by Defense Counsel in the Charloe Musu murder trial. However, the Writ was denied by the Presiding Judge, His Honor, Roosevelt Z. Willie.
However, the decision of the lower court Judge was overturned by the Chamber Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia, Her Honor Jamesetta Howard-Wolokollie based on a Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by the Defense against the Judge and the Prosecution Counsel.

The Defense Lawyers who petitioned the Supreme Court included Cllr. Jimmy Saah Bomba , Cllr. Finley Y. Karngar, Cllr. Gidu Johnson-Savice, Cllr. /Dr. S. Mohammed Sheriff, Cllr. Augustine Fayiaha and Cllr. Frances Johnson Allison.

In their petition, the defense lawyers invoked the Civil Procedure Law, Section 16.21.1 which provides that “certiorari is a special proceeding to review and correct decisions of officials, boards, or agencies acting in a judicial capacity, or to review an intermediate order or interlocutory judgment of a court”.

Petitioners say, Civil Procedure Law, Section 13.4 provides that “where the person to be examined is not a party or a person who at the time of taking the deposition is an officer, director, member, or employee of a party, he shall be served with a subpoena. Unless the court orders otherwise, such subpoem must be served at least ten days before the examination. Proof of service of a notice to take a deposition as provided in section 13.3 (3) or (4) constitutes a sufficient authorization for issuance by the clerk of the court of a subpoem for the person named or described therein and for production by them of designated books, papers, and portable things as auhorized in section 13.5”.

According the defense lawyers, a staff of the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC), Varlee Telleh, was subpoenaed to testify to numbers submitted by him to the Liberia National Police (LNP) during the criminal investigation regarding the murder of Charloe Musu.

While on the witness stand, the witness testified that the mobile number (0778371222) is being used by him, and the mobile number (0776632470) is registered in his name, but managed or is used by his wife.

The Petitioners say, based upon witness Telleh’s testimony that the mobile number is being used by his wife, petitioners prayed court to have the wife of witness Telleh subpoenaed to testify to the mentioned number, and particularly to a call made to cell number 112001407 between the period February 20, 2023 to February 24, 2023 and relationship between Mrs Telleh and the person to whom the calls were made attached hereto and marked as “Exhibit”P/1 is copy of the call log with the mentioned number marked in purple below to form part of these proceedings.

The defense lawyers also subpoenaed Moses Wright, one of the assigned securities at the home of Co-Defendant, Gloria Scott on the night of February 22, 2023, the night Charloe Musu was murdered at the home of Gloria Scott to appear and testify as a subpoena witness.

Petitioners request is predicated upon the call log submitted to the Court by prosecution which shows that the number called by the number which Telleh said is being used by his wife, Mrs. Telleh, also had calls and interactions with Moses Wright on February 21, 2023, the eve of the day Charloe Musu was murdered on the Compound of Gloria Scott.

Petitioners say, the Orange GSM company was also subpoenaed to produce the call logs of Moses Wright and the Wife of Varlee Telleh who is believed to be the owner of mobile number for the period February 20, 2023 to February 23, 2023.

The Court also denied the application of petitioners and say that the subpoena is not specific.

Petitioners say subpoenas were prayed for to be issued on Mayor Jefferson Tamba Koijee to testify in these proceeding.

Petitioners also prayed for a subpoena dues tecum to be issued for the mobile numbers owned by Mayor Koijee and Petitioner’s content that denials of the subpoenas requested for by His Honor Roosevelt Z. Willie deprive Petitioners of the opportunity to adequate representation, and the right to proffer evidence on their behalf.

Petitioners say a petition for a Writ of Certiorari will lie to review and correct the error made by the respondents herein.

Wherefore and in view of the foregoing circumstances, petitioners pray your honor and this honorable Court for the issuance of the Writ of Certiorari, directing the respondents to grant the application to have named individuals subpoena to testify, and the mentioned call logs be subpoenaed. Further, petitioners also pray your Honor and this Honorable court to grant all that seem just, equitable and legal”, according to the writ.

On Wednesday, December 6, the Defense team in its submission requested the court or Subpoena the wife of Varlee Telleh to testify to the number, indicated in the document as her official number being registered in the name of Varlee Telleh as well as testifying to a call made to an unidentified number which her number made a called to on February 21, 2023, in which that same number made a call to one of the securities assigned at the home of Cllr. Scott, Moses Wright on February 22, 2023.

The defense said they intend to know the relationship between Koijee and Keita, since, they believed Keita was linked to the incident that unfolded that night and why he was in communication with Koijee during the same night.

However, the prosecution resisted to the defense application, noting that the submissions were intended to delay the case, since the defendant did not reference those named, in their previous testimonies and their connections to the case.

As for Koijee, they said he was invited to the Liberia National Police on the matter, and in the presence of defense lawyers, Koijee was exonerated.

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