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Hungchi Choi (plaintiff) versus Steve Kettor, Bishop P. Manasseh Conto and Smith to be identified, defendants, are expected to appear before the Judge A Blamo Dixon of Criminal Court “C”at the Temple of Justice for crime of theft of property and misapplication of entrusted property.

This followed a pre-trail conference with both defense and prosecution counsels held on Thursday November 30, 2017 at the Criminal Court “C” in Monrovia. During the pre-trail conference on Thursday November 30, 2017, one of the counsels of the defendants drew the attention of the court to the declaration and consent to which both parties signed for said accounting to be conducted and the clerk of the court was instructed to write the chief auditor at the Temple of Justice to serve as a chief auditor in these proceedings.

And the defendants abided by the court order by bringing their financial accountant in person of Joseph S. Nimely who took oath before the court to have the accounting to be done in keeping with the mandate of the court.

It is the holding of Judge Dixon`s predecessor for said accounting to be done as well as the results be binding on the parties and that contrary to this, will be prejudicial.
In view of the foregoing, counsel of the defendants prayed Judge Blamo Dixon to honor his predecessor`s ruling in these proceedings and submit.

On the other hand, counsel for prosecution holds that it appears that the subject of accounting which in their mind was being pursued in good faith does not seem to be working and it further suggests that it made impact negatively, to the adjudication of this matter.

The counsel further noted that it was the belief of Judge Dixon`s predecessor that such matter; or the accounting for the transaction was intended to aid the court in the speedy, expeditious and adjudication of the case; but counsel for prosecution believes that this seem no longer attainable and prays the court to proceed to allow the matter to be heard.
Meanwhile, the judge has ordered the prosecution to make full disclosure of all species of documentary evidence that it has in its possession to present before the court to use against the defendants in the trail.
The court indicated that accountant or auditors do not do accounting or conduct an audit in a vacuum but rather audit documents and records containing financial transactions.
The court concurred with the agreement of the parties that was done before their predecessor; that the records in the case are devoid of discovery or disclosure of the evidence the prosecution intends to use and adduce in the case against the defendants.
“It is interesting to note that the defendants have already engaged and hired the services of an auditor who has already been commissioned by the court unlike the prosecution,” the writ noted.

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