Solicitor General Betty Lamin- Blamo
County Attorneys Urged To Prosecute More Rape Cases
By Richard D. Baysah, LINA Margibi County Correspondent
KAKATA, April 29 (LINA) - Solicitor General Betty Lamin- Blamo is urging County Attorneys across the country to help Circuit Courts prosecute more rape cases that are on the trial dockets.
Cllr. Blamo observed that it was important to pay more attention to rape cases processed against an alleged perpetrator to avoid violating the rights of the defendant.
She said the failure to ensure speedy trial or prosecution of the alleged perpetrator leads to prolong detention, describing it as a “serious violation of the human rights of the accused and denial to justice.”
The Solicitor General made the statement Wednesday at the ongoing five-day Prosecution Quarterly Training Workshop being held at the Kakata City Hall in Margibi County.
To expedite these rape cases in court, she has given instruction to County Attorneys to work with Circuit Courts to ensure that all Sexual, Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) cases are expeditiously handled.
However, she noted that though other criminal cases were of significance, the issue of rape and other SGBV-related cases were of concern as they are not really being accorded the required attention like the other criminal cases.
Cllr. Blamo then commended the County Attorney of Lofa County, Attorney Luther G. Sumo, for his hard work in prosecuting rape cases in his assigned county.
She said most of the rape cases prosecuted last year were from Lofa County and urged other County Attorneys to ensure that they do the same in the fight to curb rape and other SGBV cases.