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TOP STORY: Former Chief Justice Sentenced To Life Imprisonment

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In the news at Ultimate News, Gloria Maya Musu Scott the former Chief Justice of Liberia and three members of her family have been handed life sentences for murder. The four were arrested and indicted last year in connection with the death of Charlotte Musu, who was reportedly Ms Scott’s niece.

In February last year, Charlotte was murdered by unknown people at Ms Scott’s home in Brewerville, north-west of Liberia. The former Chief Justice had insisted intruders attacked her residence and killed her niece.

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But after a five-month trial, a court in the capital , Monrovia last month found her and three family members guilty of Charlotte’s murder. The four women were also found guilty of conspiracy and raising a false alarm to law enforcement officers.

Through out the trial, the accused maintained their innocence and pleaded not guilty to the indictment. The court on Tuesday said it found the prosecution’s evidence compelling and sentenced the four to life imprisonment.

Liberia abolished the death sentence in July last year but Ms Scott’s lawyers said they would appeal the judgement. She served as Liberia’s Chief Justice from 1997 to 2003. It marks the fall from grace of one Liberia’s most famous judges and politicians, who prided herself as a champion of women rights, she also served as a justice minister.

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