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Judge Kaba denies 18 mercenaries acquittal motion

By Fallah Matthews
Some  Liberians being tried on mercenary charges leaving the court room
Some Liberians being tried on mercenary charges leaving the court room

(mylbsonline.com/Liberia)-Criminal Court “D”, Yussif Kaba, has denied defense lawyers’ motion to acquit eighteen Liberians being tried on mercenary charges brought against them by government.

Judge Kaba said: “It would be performing the Jury’s function, if I determines the sufficiency of the evidence presented against the accused by the state, since it is the Jury that has the legal authority to determine whether the 18 men are guilty, or not.”

Judge Kaba reached the decision Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at Criminal Court “D” at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia when he delivered the ruling in the motion to free 18 Liberians alleged mercenaries.

He reached the decision on grounds that the evidence presented against the accused was not sufficient to warrant their conviction.

But government lawyers, led by Montserrado County Attorney, Cllr. Darku Mulbah, resisted the motion and maintained that the state presented substantial evidence linking the 18 men to the commission of mercenarism.

The lawyers requested the court to deny defense lawyers’ motion on grounds that it lacks legal basis to warrant the acquittal of the 18 Liberians alleged mercenaries.

Meanwhile, Criminal Court “D” Judge, Yussif Kaba, has rescheduled the trial for Wednesday, August 8, 2013.

 


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