January 10, 2024

Liberia: Former Chief Justice Receives Life Sentence

A criminal court in Monrovia, Liberia has handed down a life sentence to ex-Chief Justice Gloria Musu-Scott and three of her relatives for murder.

The four women were arrested and indicted in June 2023, following the fatal stabbing of Charlotte Musu four months earlier. The murder took place at Musu-Scott’s home in Brewerville, where she claimed unknown persons broke into the residence and stabbed her niece to death.

The accused insisted on their innocence and denied all charges as jurors heard evidence during the five-month trial.

On Tuesday, 9 January, Presiding Criminal Court “A” Judge Roosevelt Willie found the prosecution’s case convincing beyond a reasonable doubt, and sentenced Musu-Scott, Gertrude Newton, Alice Johnson and Rebecca Youdeh Wisner to lifetime imprisonment.

The women were also found guilty of criminal conspiracy and raising false alarms to law enforcement officers.

Musu-Scott’s lawyers have indicated that they intend to appeal.

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