Temple of Justice
Criminal Court 'D' Frees 12 Suspected Armed Robbers
By: Comfort M. Johnson
MONROVIA, July 24 (LINA) – The Criminal Court ‘D’ at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia Thursday freed twelve persons accused of armed robbery.
Those freed are: Daniel Gboryea, Moses Wallace, Jessco Cooper, Patrick Wah, Archie Zondo, Austin Tar, Sharon Vai, Ben Acquah, Mark Morris, Robert Bai, Pubbin Carmon, and Prince Kolleh.
According to the Liberia News Agency, the presiding Judge of Criminal Court’ D”, Judge George Wiles, said the defendants were arrested on June 25, 2012 and have since been languishing behind bars without trial.
This, he noted, was an infringement of their constitutional rights, saying like the defense, he interposes no objection in setting them free.
He noted that they are free to go about their normal business without any prejudice to the state.
The Criminal Court ‘D’ Judge accordingly ordered the clerk of the court to do a permanent release in favor of the defendants.
The defendants were arrested on June 25, 2012 by the Liberia National Police in the Monrovia suburb of Paynesville and charged with armed robbery.
Prosecution requested the court to dismiss the charge of armed robbery brought against the defendants because the complainants are not willing and prepared to prosecute them.
In response to the prosecution’s submission, the Public Defenders for Montserrado County said they interpose no objection.
Prosecution noted that the application will send a warning to would-be complainants who refuse to follow-up on their cases.