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Judge Denies Defense Bill Of Information
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Judge Denies Defense Bill Of Information
By David Pamas Seedee, LINA Bomi County Correspondent

TUBMANBURG, September 28 (LINA) -The Presiding Judge of the 11th Judicial Circuit Court in Tubmanburg, Bomi County has denied the three-count ‘Bill of Information’ filed by the Defense Counsel in the case involving Abass EL Debes and the Government of Liberia.

Judge William Sando took the decision at the weekend after the Defense Counsel on September 21filed a motion, among other counts, requesting Judge Sando to step aside from further presiding over the case.

The Defense in its motion cited the huge police presence on the premises of the court, the refusal of Judge Sando to ask the officers to leave the court’s premises as well as his decision to disband the 12 jurors as biased and as such, it was necessary that he steps aside from further sitting on the case.

However, in his ruling, Judge Sando said when the claim was raised by one of the parties of “Jurors Tampering”, the Trial Court under the law was under obligation to suspend all other proceedings and investigate the allegations.

He argued that the huge presence of police officers on the court’s premises is intended to protect all persons, including the judge, prosecution, journalists, court staffs and the defendant.

The Bomi County Circuit Court Judge pointed out that if a party to a case requests for a judge to be disqualified or for a judge to surrender his adjudication, this can only be done if the bias and prejudice are established in a manner or form provided by law.

On the “Bill of Information” seeking that he steps aside, Judge Sando noted that there is no legal grounds for the court to step aside from further sitting as there is no evidence to convince the court that there is bias or prejudice, adding: “Such motion is hereby denied.”

Meanwhile, Defense Counsel Atty. J. Sackor Doe has taken exception to the ruling and given notice that he will take advantage of the statute to seek further redress.


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