18 alleged mercenaries
Trial of Alleged Mercenaries To Resume March 25
By Comfort Johnson, Intern
MONROVIA, March 24 (LINA) - The trial of the 18 alleged mercenaries slated to resume on Monday, March 24, at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia has been postponed to Tuesday, March 25, upon the request of the defense counsel.
The presiding Judge of Criminal Court '' D'' at the Temple of Justice, Emery Paye, said after four postponements of the case, the court gathered that the prosecution had submitted some of the evidence to the defense lawyer, Cllr. Tiawon Gongloe.
According to the Liberia News Agency, Judge Paye, however, said defense lawyer Gongloe indicated that the records submitted by the prosecution are so voluminous, that they are unable to peruse them for the trial to proceed next Monday.
Cllr. Gongloe disclosed Monday that the defense team received over 50 pages of documents, some of which are written in French and others in English.
He said in order to adequately represent the defendants, defense counsels requested the Court to give them more time to closely study the documents.
He said his request was made in good faith and is not intended to delay and baffle the proceedings.
The alleged 18 mercenaries are accused of involvement in cross-border raids into Cote d'Ivoire from Liberia in 2011, during which several persons were killed, including seven United Nations peacekeeping troops.
The accused men have repeatedly denied their involvement in the alleged raids.