Gov’t Resists Convicted Mercenary Appeal

first_imgThe Government of Liberia on Monday, June 16 filed a 13-count response to the defense motion seeking a new trial for 13 persons convicted of mercenarism by Jurors of Criminal Court ‘D.’Jurors on June 10 brought down a guilty verdict against the defendants for their involvement in mercenary activities in neighboring La Côte d’Ivoire, where several persons including seven UN peacekeepers were allegedly ambushed and killed.However, the defendants’ lawyers pleaded with the Court to reject the jurors’ verdict and declare a new trial in the matter.Interestingly, Judge Emery Paye will now be compelled to reschedule his final judgment that was scheduled for Tuesday, June 17, and rule on the defense motion, a common request when convictions are appealed.Instead, the Criminal Court Judge has scheduled hearing of the request for a new trial on Tuesday, June 17.The prosecution’s response among others, said the jurors took into consideration  testimonies including those of the rebuttal witnesses, specifically Roland Garwo, who testified that he crossed the defendants in his canoe following their attacked in La Côte d’Ivoire.They further said that some of the witnesses, like Thomas Glaider, Pascal Kollie and Baryee Gaye corroborated each other and hence, the jurors having tried the fact could not hesitate but to arrive at a guilty verdict.They argued that Gaye  pointed to the fact that the defendants had based in Garlo’s Town and others including the Thai forest and controlled areas in that sisterly nation.They went further to say that one of their witnesses, Inspector Savior Howard visited the crime scene, as opposed to the defense lawyers claim that none of the investigators, whose findings led to the indictment of the defendants visited the crime scene in both Liberia and La Côte d’Ivoire.They also argued that Witness Gaye, when he testified named weapons like M-60, RPG and AK-47, as  guns used by the defendants to fight in La Côte d’Ivoire.Prosecution prayed the court not to disturb the unanimous verdict of the jurors, whom they claimed,  listened  attentively and  took note of the testimonies of all their witnesses including Prince Barclay  as well as the defendants  mere denial.They maintained that the defense request constitutes total disrespect for the integrity of the jurors.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GOLF NEWS: NOEL FISHER IS THE NEW CLUB CAPTAIN AT OTWAY

first_imgOtway Golf News:The club AGM was held last Friday night in the clubhouse, where a range of issues was discussed, but as is all too common in most golf clubs these days, finances was the main topic for discussion.Ramelton’s Noel Fisher took over the reins as club captain from Martin Duffy, and will start off his year with a drive-in to be arranged soon, so watch this space for the next update. Dessie Crerand continues in his position of President, Paddy Lynch carries on as Secretary, Denis Friel as Treasurer, Brendan Gallagher & Dave Hughes as Competition Secretaries, and Martin O’Reilly as club Pro. The only position still looking for a volunteer is that of Handicap Secretary, which should be of interest to any member curious about learning more about the intricacies of calculating Standard Scratch and cutting handicaps ! Full training will be provided to the lucky volunteer, but members should remember that the club belongs to them, and everyone should make an effort to contribute to it’s running. Good luck to all the officers in their new posts, and hopefully we can all look forward to another exciting and eventful year on the wee links of Otway ! GOLF NEWS: NOEL FISHER IS THE NEW CLUB CAPTAIN AT OTWAY was last modified: February 3rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAANoticesOtwaySportlast_img read more