Confirmation hearings of the newly designated Solicitor General, Cllr. Syrenius Cephus, and another designated official at the Ministry of Justice, Cllr. Aaron Kpakillen designated for the post of Assistant Minister for Taxation are scheduled by the Senate Judicial Committee, according to the Committee’s Chairman and Grand Cape Mount County Senator H. Varney Gboto-Nambi Sherman.
According to information available to The Analyst, Senator Chairman said the Confirmation Hearing of Cllr. Cephus, the Solicitor General Designate 12 noon on Friday, June 14, 2019 at the Senate Chambers in the main Capitol Building. Although the text did not specified the time Conformation hearing of Assistant Minister designate Kpakillen is scheduled, it is assumed that this could follow the confirmation hearing of the solicitor general designate.
Cllr. Sayma Syrenius Cephus, was earlier appointed Deputy Agriculture Minister for Regional Development, Research and Extension at the inception of the Coalition of Democratic Change government, but was of recent nominated by President Weah to serve as Solicitor General.
Cephus is a certified counsel of the International Criminal Court in The Hague and a member of the Association of Defence Counsel practicing before International Criminal Courts and Tribunals (ADC-ICT), also in The Hague.
Cllr. Sayma Syrenius Cephus was also appointed by the board of directors of the Association of European Lawyers-AEA International Lawyers Network, as Vice-President, with the title “Coordinator for Africa.” His formal appointment will be officially made and publicized at this year’s annual Congress of AEA lawyers from 196 countries of the world, in Nice, France.
As coordinator for Africa, Cephus will be given the opportunity to visit other branches of the AEA-International Lawyers Network covering 196 independent countries of the world and will work with, share and provide his experience, first as a private lawyer in a struggling economy dominated by divisive politics and hate speeches, what to do, and how to survive and operate a law firm under such circumstances, and then a social advocate and commentator, and finally as an active practicing courtroom lawyer, intermittently as defence sometime prosecuting attorney spanning over a decade in Liberia, West Africa and Europe.
Cllr. Cephus has accepted his appointment and indicated to the board of directors to officially invite to his investiture ceremony, Cllr. Arthur T. Johnson as special guest of honour to witness and bear testimony to his ascendancy as AEA Coordinator for Africa.
Cllr. Cephus request to the board of AEA to invite as his guest of honour Cllr. Johnson stems from his(Johnson) recent adversarial role in the impeachment trial involving Justice Kabineh Mohammad Ja’neh of the Honour Supreme Court of Liberia for official misconduct, breach of duty abuse of judicial discretion, in which he came face to face Cllr. Cephus, but was defeated.
Cllr. Cephus has selected Cllr. Johnson for the is precious ceremony because he is the only lawyer who was personally recommended by Cllr. Cephus for membership to the European Criminal Bar Association(ECBA), and European Fraud and Compliance Lawyer(EFCL) and was unanimously accepted and has since distinguished himself as a European criminal lawyer.
Finally, following the ceremonies of his appointment Cllr. Cephus will then automatically be admitted as member of a small group of prestigious lawyers, called the Justinian Lawyers, an exclusive net of Lawyers with only one office per country. Cllr. Cephus is the first Liberian lawyer to have taken a matter before the ECOWAS Court against his own government, the first and only listed counsel of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights(ACtHPR) based on Arusha, Tanzania, the first and only certified Liberian counsel on the list of professional counsel of the International Criminal Court(ICC) in The Hague, the only certified counsel of the Association of Defence Counsel practicing before international Courts and Tribunals(ADC-ICT), The Hague, only West African lawyer who is member of the International Law Association(ILA).