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Court Confirms Motion For Retrial In Cellcom’s US$1.8m Case
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Temple Of Justice

Court Confirms Motion For Retrial In Cellcom’s US$1.8m Case
By Ballah M. Kollie

MONROVIA, September 10 (LINA) – The Judge of the Civil Law Court at the Temple of Justice, Yussif A. Kaba, has approved a motion for retrial of a US$1.8 million liable verdict rendered recently against Cellcom GSM by a 12-member jury of the court.

Judge Kaba’s decision is in response to a motion for retrial filed by defense lawyers led by Cllr. James E. Pierre who argued that the verdict was quite contrary to the weight of the evidence adduced by prosecution.

Jurors in their verdict found Cellcom guilty to pay damages in the tone of US$1.8 million, having carefully observed that the evidence adduced by the prosecution was genuine.

But Judge Kaba in his recent ruling set aside the liable verdict, thereby paving the way for a retrial of the case.

He ordered that pending the commencement of the retrial, the victim is to submit to an independent medical examination at any specialized medical institution in Africa and that the cost and expense will be to the account of the defendant.

Court records show that complainant Lucia Lamine on August 18, 2012 sustained injury after a vehicle owned by Cellcom hit a motorbike she was riding, during which she sustained severe injury.

The complainant in her testimony said the incident made her to stay out of school for a protracted period.

Court records indicated that the victim’s revelation was on account of X-ray and doctors’ examinations conducted at both Phebe and John F. Kennedy hospitals.

The judge did not, however, indicate when the retrial will commence.

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