The remaining 12 persons detained in connection with a violent protest that damaged millions of United States dollars worth of properties at the ArcelorMittal concession area in Nimba County, may likely be temporarily freed, if their request for bail is accepted by Judge Boima Kontoe.Cllr. Kontoe is the presiding judge of the Saniquellie Criminal Court in Nimba County, where the crimes were committed.ArcelorMittal is the world’s leading steel and mining company operating in the country.The 12 were among 41 persons who were directly involved in the riots and were subsequently released on bail.They were charged in early July 2014 with multiple charges, including rioting and armed robbery.In their request for bail, the defense lawyers argued that there is no physical evidence or probable cause to believe that the crime charged were committed and the defendants were the people who committed the crime.The defense lawyers further argued that prosecutors failed to display the confiscated arms as physical evidence.According to the defense lawyers, since there is not enough evidence, the court should grant their clients bail, so that they may be temporarily released from further detention at the Monrovia Central Prison.However, prosecutors, in counter argument, maintained that enough probable cause exists to require the court to bind the 12 defendants over to the grand jury (that is, for their cases to go to a grand jury).And the request for bail must be denied, because the crimes they were charged with are capital offenses and are non-bailable ones.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. By posting bail, a suspect can avoid having to wait in jail until his or her trial. The money or property is a guarantee that the accused will appear in court for each required court appearance and for the trial.Judge Kontoe will this week decide whether enough evidence has been presented by the prosecution to establish sufficient probable cause to deny the bond request; or whether there exists no evidence to have the defendants’ bail denied.The defendants are accused of setting ablaze the properties of ArcelorMittal, including several pieces of mining equipment, a locomotive train, and made away with several valuable items.They were said to have fled to several hideouts, including their homes where they were arrested by officers of the Liberia National Police to undergo investigation in keeping with law.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
1 Papiss Cisse Ten-man Newcastle United handed Chelsea their first defeat of the season as Jose Mourinho’s St James’ Park hoodoo continued.The Portuguese boss has never won a game in Tyneside and that record continued as the Magpies ran out 2-1 winners to halt the Blues’ unbeaten start to the season.A second half masterstroke from Alan Pardew saw Cisse enter the fray and promptly fire two goals past Thibaut Courtois.And, despite Steven Taylor’s sending off and a Didier Drogba header, the Toon managed to hang on and move themselves up to seventh spot in the Premier League.Chelsea were the early aggressors at in the north east and Willian looked dangerous when he whipped a shot goalwards, while Eden Hazard’s driving run had the Toon defence fretting, but instead of passing to Diego Costa he slashed a shot off target.But Courtois had to be alert when a swift move involving Spanish striker Ayoze Perez ended with a Jack Colback strike, but he was more than equal to it.And the sprightly midfielder continued an all-action display by curtailing a Chelsea counter attack before lashing a wild drive wide of the upright moments later.Oscar’s acrobatic effort just prior to the break was never troubling Rob Elliot, but the Newcastle numer two goalkeeper’s afternoon ended at half time as an injury forced Pardew to bring on youngster Jak Alnwick at the break.A game against the Premier League leaders, who have been prolific this season, is hardly the match you would want to make your debut in but he was in a confident mood, clearing an early corner with a punch.And despite an early change, Pardew was also in a bold frame of mind as he took off playmaker Remy Cabella and replaced him with Cisse.The striker admitted earlier in the week a knee injury still hadn’t fully cleared up but five minutes after coming on the Senegalese frontman slotted home when Gary Cahill scuffed an attempt at clearing Sammy Ameobi’s cross.Alnwick continued to repel a series of dangerous Blues crosses as Mourinho’s men charged forward and if it wasn’t the young glovesman it was another Toon star putting any limb they could, legally, in front of the shots which began to occur with metronomic regularity.Belgian wizard Hazard was left with his hands clasped over his head when his low strike cracked off the bottom of the post and he was left to rue his miss when the Magpies flew up the other end of the pitch to double their lead.Colback charged forward and Moussa Sissoko, while falling, somehow managed to play in Cisse on the right side of the box and, with Courtois stranded following his attempts to halt Sissoko, he fired his second of the game into an empty net.Chelsea were handed a huge boost when Steven Taylor was red carded for a reckless challenge on Andre Schurrle and from the resulting free-kick Drogba flicked beyond Alnwick, who was in no man’s land after lurching off his line.Strikes from Costa, Schurrle and an audacious effort from Brazilian left-back Filipe Luis were unable to deceive Alnwick and the Toon were able to cling on for victory, leaving Pardew to shake Mourinho’s hand with a wry smile etched across his face.