By: R. Joyclyn Wea
MONROVIA-ACriminal Court “A” has taken jurisdiction over the criminal actions of seven senior members of the CDC-COP recently charged and turned over to the Monrovia City Court for prosecution over their link to the brutal July 26 saga that claimed both local and international attention.
Ben Believe Togbah, Abdurrahman Barry, Aaron K. Chea, Foday N. Massaquoi, Joshua Saye Karrr, Pokar S. Roberts, and Kendrick C. Pelenah were indicted by the Grand Jury for Montserrado County over multiple offenses: Criminal Attempt to Commit Murder, Aggravated Assault, Criminal Conspiracy, a Second Degree Felony.
The indictment by the Grand Jury early Monday, August 15, 2022 made all supporting documentations relative to the case before the Monrovia City Court non-and void, giving Criminal Court “A” absolute jurisdiction over that matter.
The defendants were shocked; when pickup by officers of Criminal Court “A” after they have gone for a scheduled trial into their case before the Monrovia City Court on the above mentioned date.
They were served their separate indictment and a new writ of arrest at the level of Criminal Court “A”, which they subsequently signed for individually.
The seven defendants were being signed for by their lawyer Arthur Johnson after minutes of sitting on bench at Court “A”.
The indictment has it that, during the morning hours of Tuesday, July 26, 2022, or thereabout, in the City of Monrovia, Montserrado County, and while the official celebration of Liberia’s One Hundred and Seventy-Fifth (175th ) Independent Day Celebration was underway, some students of the University of Liberia’s campus based organization, under the aegis of the Student Unification Party (SUP), gathered before the foothold of the Benson Street side of the Embassy of the United States of America to protest under the banner “Fix the Country.”
While members of the Student Unification Party (SUP)), were encamped on the Benson Street side of the Embassy of the United States of America, purportedly to present their petition to the American Government through its Embassy near Monrovia, the above-named defendants, willfully, wickedly, intentionally, criminally and violently, under the subterfuge of “Coalition for Democratic Change-Council of Patriots (CDC-COP)” emerged and provided a counter-protest under the banner “Thanking the President for the level of work in the country” within the same vicinity.
The indictment furthered that the defendants, who are all ranking members of the CDC-COP, had earlier organized the self-styled group; directly or indirectly planned and executed the counter-protest, reasonably believing, to counter the planned protest organized by SUP that was slated to be held on July 26, 2022, to present a petition to the US Embassy near Monrovia.
It also noted that while the two groups were protesting in the same area, that is, in front of the US Embassy, an altercation ensued between them thereafter they began to engage in the throwing of rocks (stones).
An action that led to severe members of SUP sustaining major injuries and one inhumanely treated and flown out of the country for advanced medical attention to save his life.
Prior to yesterday’s (Monday, August 15, 2022) action, the defendants had been undergoing criminal trial at the level of the Magisterial Court (Monrovia City Court) since being charged by the Liberia National Police.