Nimba Rioters’ Case Goes to Buchanan Court

first_imgSanniquellie Criminal Court has accepted a request by the prosecutors to move the case of 12 persons accused of damaging millions of United States dollars’ worth of properties within ArcelorMittal’s concession area in Nimba County, to Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.Prosecutors had contended and claimed that the prospective jurors would set the defendants free if the case is tried in Nimba County. Sanniquellie is the capital city of Nimba County. ArcelorMittal is the world’s leading steel and mining company, which has most of its Liberia operations in Nimba.Article 21 (H) of the 1986 Liberian Constitution guarantees that a criminal trial “shall be held in the vicinity where the said crimes shall have been committed,” and to assure the right to a trial “by an impartial jury of the vicinity or county wherein the crime shall have been committed.”But the Supreme Court has held that these place-of-trial provisions sometimes have to yield in order to comply with the “Due Process of Law” particularly if “extraordinary local prejudice will prevent a fair trial.” In some cases, a fair trial means a somewhat distant trial, and the defendant has the right to waive geographic protections that, in certain cases, become burdens to neutral justice.In their request for change of venue, the prosecutors argued that the case be decided  outside of Nimba County,  where the crime had taken place, avoiding the jurors  trying the defendants in the very area that they had allegedly  destroyed millions of United States dollars worth of properties of the company.    They also argued that doing so would grant the state the legal relief necessary to assure a fair trial.    Interestingly, the request was   granted by the court after the defense team interposed no objection.  The case is widely seen as one where the real battle between prosecutors and defense will come at the sentencing stage of the trial when the jury will determine whether or not to find the defendants guilty.The 12 persons were charged in early July 2014 with multiple charges, including rioting and armed robbery. All have consistently denied taking part in the commission of such crimes when they appeared before several courts, including the Civil Law Court at the Temple of Justice.They were among 41 persons, who were allegedly involved in the riots and were subsequently released on bail.Initially, the defense team’s request for bail to allow the defendants to be temporarily released from further detention at the Monrovia Central Prison was denied by the court.The court had said that the crimes levy against them are capital offense and are non-bailable. Under the law, a suspect is usually allowed to get out of jail by posting bail unless he or she is accused of a capital crime.A capital crime is a crime such as murder, rape, or armed robbery that is punishable by long prison sentences, life imprisonment, or death. Bail, or surety, is generally denied by the courts for defendants accused of these types of crime. In many cases, bail is also denied if the defendant is a repeat offender or if the crime is a violent one. Also, bail is a certain amount of money or property value that must be posted with the court.The defendants are also accused of setting ablaze  ArcelorMittal’s properties, including several pieces of mining equipment, a locomotive train, and made away with several valuable items. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Abhishek urges people to turn Mamatas dream of winning all 42 LS

first_imgKulgachia (Howrah): Abhishek Banerjee, All India Trinamool Youth Congress president and party MP, has urged people to fulfill Mamata Banerjee’s dream of winning 42 out of 42 Lok Sabha seats in the forthcoming election. He was addressing a rally here on Thursday afternoon.Banerjee said people are fed up with the BJP government because of their “systematic and consistent lies”. “Before 2014 Lok Sabha election Narendra Modi had assured that ‘acche din ayenge’ (good days will come). We have all seen what has happened to the country in the past four and a half years. In the name of note ban, common people were harassed. People lost jobs and public money was looted,” Banerjee said. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalRaising the issue of former Trinamool Congress MP Saumitra Khan joining BJP, Banerjee said: “It is really interesting to note that BJP accepts the ones we have rejected. We have sacked Khan from our party and now BJP has given him a platform.” He said the rally on January 19 at Brigade parade ground will be a historic one and all the national leaders will come to strengthen the hand of Mamata Banerjee, who had first spoken about the Federal Front. He urged the people to attend the rally on January 19. “She will give us the roadmap which we will follow in the Lok Sabha election. It is Mamata Banerjee’s dream to win 42 out of 42 seats in Lok Sabha and we should work hard to fulfill it,” he added. He cautioned people against BJP’s divisive politics. “BJP wants to divide the society and we should not fall into their trap. We believe that Hinduism is humanism and we follow the path of Swami Vivekananda,” Banerjee said.last_img read more

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BJP Modi speaking about religion which is not Hinduism

first_imgIslampur: Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee said Hindusthan will be set up through the Lok Sabha election and not Modisthan or BJPsthan. She was addressing a rally here on Tuesday afternoon.Banerjee said Modi and BJP are talking about a religion which is not Hinduism. “Hinduism talks about tolerance and acceptance and they are talking about hatred. In the name of preservation of cows, many people have been lynched. They are spreading hatred everywhere. This Hindusthan is Modisthan and BJPsthan. We do not want this. We want a Hindusthan where people will live peacefully and there will be communal harmony and peace,” she said, adding: “BJP is inciting one religion against the other and in the name of religion, they have unleashed a reign of terror. We want to come out of this,” she maintained. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataReferring to Modi and BJP national president Amit Shah as Duryodhan and Dushshashan, she said: “The duo has come to destroy the social fabric in our country. Never in the past have I seen so much hatred and disrespect for others. This is not Indian tradition. Indians are respected for their tolerant views.” Banerjee said the SC, ST, minorities and dalits will vote against Modi. “The SCs, STs and Dalits have been tortured in different areas. In Jharkhand, they have been thrown out from their land. In Uttar Pradesh and Assam, Muslims have been tortured by BJP workers and the state governments do not take any action against them,” she said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”They should first see the law and order situation in their own states before commenting on the situation in Bengal. They come to Bengal to disturb the areas. They incite the people living in the hills against those living in the plains to win elections,” Banerjee added. The Trinamool supremo said demonetisation has affected poor people and farmers badly. “Over two crore people have lost their jobs and 12,000 farmers have committed suicide after failing to pay loans. People have stood in long queues to withdraw their own money from the banks. Modi had said note ban will stop circulation of money among terrorists, but in reality terrorist attacks have been the highest during Modi’s time,” she said. Banerjee questioned why no action was taken to save the lives of the jawans in Pulwama despite prior information, adding: “It’s a matter of shame for BJP that its leaders are talking about the achievements of the Army in its election speeches.” “Just as Ma Durga had killed Asura, the women of the country will vote against BJP to oust Modi and set up a secular pro-development government,” she said.last_img read more

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