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Gov’t’s Request Denied

-To Delay Afriland Burglary Case

B: R. Joyclyn Wea

Presiding Judge Sikajipo Wollor of Criminal Court “D” says the court’s file is impended with multiplicity of motions emanated from government’s lawyers in an alleged burglary at Afriland Bank in Bomi County.

Judge Wollor’s statement comes as a result of numerous plead by government’s lawyers for continuance or delay of the trial in the matter.

It can be recalled that in 2018, an alleged burglary occurred at Afriland Bank in Bomi County in which the sum of US$4,540 plus LRD$6,110,710 dollars was taken out of the bank by some rubbers in the county.

Following the incident, five persons were arrested by officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) who alleged of Police Inspector General Patrick Sudue sending them to commit the act.

According to Judge Wollor, nothing tangible has been done by that court since its opening for the August 2019 Term of Court therefore, he cannot continue to delay with these proceedings.

“I am not here to waste my time for the application of multiplicity of motions and this will not be condoned by this Court,” the Court “D” Judge indicated.

At the same time, the defendants when arraigned by the court upon request by prosecution to ascertain their plea to the charges levied against them, pleaded not guilty thus joining issues with the state.

The defendants through their legal counsels also waived their right to jury trial citing chapter 22, subsection 22.1 of the Criminal Procedural Law of Liberia 1986 that calls for waiver of Jury Trial.

That means judge Wollor will sit as both the Judge and Jury to decide the issue of law and facts in this matter as per the wish of the defendants.

TNR

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