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Justice Ministry Will Prosecute All Criminal Cases, Official Assures
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Justice Ministry Will Prosecute All Criminal Cases, Official Assures
By Ballah M. Kollie, Bong County Correspondent

GBARNGA, Feb 11, (LINA) - Bong County Attorney, Cornelius Flomo Wennah, has assured that the justice ministry will do all within its power to prosecute criminal cases on the docket of the court.

Speaking Monday at the opening of the Ninth Judicial Circuit County for the February Term of Court, Attorney Wennah called on individuals who have filed cases before courts in the county to make use of the opportunity provided them by the February Term of Court and ensure
that their cases are registered and prosecuted.

He observed that many persons who complain to the court often victimize others by throwing them behind bars and deliberately refusing to make follow-ups on cases.

He said gone are the days when individuals threw others behind bars and turned what he called "Blind eyes on them" noting, "If you have complained someone to us and we initiated the process of taking action in your favor, but you neglect coming to pursue your case, we will
appeal that this court temporarily drops the charges and release said person until you get ready for them."

Attorney Wennah also warned jurors of the February Term of Court to be mindful of the consequences that await them should they attempt to tamper with any case.

For his part UNMIL Rule of Law Officer Mr. Clement Ngube, observed with regret the increase in the number of pre-trial detainees, describing it as a sign of the lack of justice to those pre-trial
detainees.

According to him, individuals detained for prolonged periods often feel abandoned by prisoners and therefore emphasized the need to speedily try cases that have been on the court's docket for long periods.

Mr. Ngube said about 121persons are currently languishing behind bars, and that of this number only 31 persons have been sentenced for various crimes, while the remaining 90 are still awaiting trial.

According to Mr. Ngube, 37 of the remaining 90 prisoners were sent to jail by the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court, while 33 are prisoners from the City Court.

He noted that while it is understandable for the two courts in Gbarnga alone to account for 70 of the 90 pre-trial detainees, it will be important for the Magistrate of the City Court to exert efforts to reduce the number of prisoners by fast tracking the cases or agreeing for an out of court settlement.

Bong County hosts the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court, eight magisterial courts and other subordinate courts that are helping in the dispensation of justice to the people of Bong County.
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