Representative George Mulbah
146 Pre-Trial Detainees At Bong Central Prison
By Philip T. Singbah, LINA Bong County Correspondent
GBARNGA, October 20 (LINA) - There are about 146 pre-trial detainees at the Gbarnga Central Prison in Bong County, Representative George Mulbah has alarmed.
Speaking to the Liberia News Agency following a visit at the prison recently, Mulbah said those detainees have been in the prison for over six months without trial.
He indicated that in addition to that number, there are 45 convicts, bringing to 191 the total number of inmates in the prison which was capacitated to hold 100 prisoners.
Mulbah said he was taken aback by the condition at the prison, especially after speaking with one of the detainees who has been there for over five months without trial for allegedly stealing thirty pieces of soap.
The Bong County Representative expressed dismay over the attitude of some magistrates who, he said, were just interested in sending people to jail in order to appease complainants.
Mulbah said he has written Supreme Court Chief Justice Francis Korkpor for a robust monitoring system to ensure that public defenders are effective in the discharge of their duties.
He noted that overcrowding prison facilities with pre-trail detainees beyond the legal framework is not only a human right violation, but a threat to national security.
Mulbah, who is also chairperson of the Defense Committee at the House of Representatives, wants the Supreme Court to take appropriate action to remedy the situation.
He also recommended to the Chief Justice for “serious action” against magistrates found illegally detaining individuals brought to court for redress.