City Court To Render Default Verdict Against LIS

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By R. Joyclyn Wea

The Monrovia City Court has threatened to render a judgment by default against the Liberia Immigration Services (LIS) formerly Bureau of Immigration Naturalization (BIN) if the institution failed to show cause or to appear before that honorable body.

The court threat is based upon an action of damages for alleged breach of contract filed with the Court by Photo and Studio represented by speedo print through its General Manager Abbas Debes.

The Liberia Immigration Services is also mandated by the court to file an indemnity bond covering the amount of US$375,000.00 and that should the institution in the above entitled cause of action fails to show cause or to appear, judgment by default will be rendered against it, and a permanent writ of injunction will be issued against them, under the penalty of law until this court should have made further orders thereupon, from committing any of the restrained acts.

In the notice of injunction and preliminary restraining order, the Liberian Government through the Liberia Immigration Services was restrained, enjoined and prohibited by the court to do away with printing of ECOWAS Resident permits and Re-entry permits to be used by government of Liberia until further order by the court.

“You and all persons acting directly or indirectly under your supervision or authority are hereby temporarily restrained, refrained, enjoined, and prohibited from conducting or carrying out any and all printing of ECOWAS Resident permits and re-entry permits to be used by the government of Liberia and or otherwise as a result of the action of damages for breach of contract which is now pending before this honorable court, or until further order from this court,” the court document noted.

LIS was further notified by the city court of the plaintiff’s application for preliminary injunction and for breach of contract respectively and was required by the court, to appeared before it on or before 2018, saying “if you desire to show cause, if any, why the application/petition/motion for preliminary injunction should not be granted and a permanent writ of injunction ordered issued against you.”

It can be recalled that Abbas El Debes, and several others were on April 30, 2015 jointly indicted by the grand jury for Montserrado county for illicit trafficking in human beings and migrant smuggling, gang rape and criminal conspiracy in violation of section 14.55(1) (a) and (b) and 14.55(2); section 14.70(2) and section 10.4(1) and (2), respectively of the penal law of Liberia. The case was filed to the first judicial circuit court of Montserrado County but was later transferred to the 11th judicial circuit court via a motion for a change of venue field by the state.

Judge George Smith on August 1, dropped charges levied against the Lebanese businessman (Abbas Debes) who was at the center stage of the case involving the fifteen Liberian girls who were allegedly trafficked into his country Lebanon.

The judge then dismisses all charges against defendant Abbas Debes due to inconsistencies of the state witnesses’ testimonies, further ordering that he Debes be discharged from further detention and that his bond if he filed any before the court be returned.

“This Court says that it accepts as true private prosecutrix GB’s testimony that her food and bathroom were good because this testimony is consistent with and corroborates with the testimonies of defense’s three witnesses: Korpo Ballah, Grace Wrotoe and Jennebah Coleman that Lebanon was good during their house maid work in that country,” Judge Smith.

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