Nimba Rioters Seeking Bail

first_imgThe 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)last_img read more

Rescue teams sharpen skills as storm heads for the region

first_imgThe students then watched rescuers on personal watercraft zoom through the water. Inflatable rescue boats were the last stop. Fire officials stressed that rescue conditions aren’t like the picture-perfect ones at Castaic Lake on Wednesday. “People need to realize when they go into the flood control channel, they are not only endangering their lives but also the lives of all rescuers,” said Jason Hurd, a Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman. Fast-moving water filled with debris such as cars, couches and shopping carts makes a dangerous situation even more treacherous. “It’s muddy. It’s cold. It’s dirty,” Chapman said. “You usually get sick afterwards.” If you do fall into a storm channel, firefighters say you should try to float on your back and point your feet down river. Once you have been spotted, you should not shout, which will help you conserve energy, they said. Megan Badovinac, an eighth-grader at La Mesa Junior High School in Canyon Country, said she got the message to stay out of the water. “It’s really dangerous, things like this,” the 13-year-old Canyon Country resident said. Hannah Langley, an eighth-grader at Arroyo Seco Middle School in Valencia, said no one should go into a channel. “It’s not worth it,” said Hannah, 13, of Santa Clarita. The students were given county public service announcements and videos titled “No Way Out” and “Danger! Debris Flow” to share with their classmates. The county’s campaign also focuses on the dangers of flash floods, mudslides or debris flows in areas burned in the recent wildfires. jerry.berrios@dailynews.com 661-257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CASTAIC – About 100 firefighters, lifeguards and other emergency responders from the Los Angeles area sharpened their water-rescue skills Wednesday at Castaic Lake. County officials used the exercise to get out their “Stay Away & Stay Alive!” message, urging people – especially children – to stay out of flood control channels and local urban rivers, particularly during the rainy season. The message comes ahead of a storm expected later tonight that weather officials say could drop between 2 and 5 inches of rain through Sunday. “Stay away from the rivers to stay alive,” Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Derrick Chapman said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsLocal swift water rescue teams respond to an average of 100 calls per year, with children ages 5 to 15 comprising the majority of those rescues. The event was organized by the Los Angeles County Fire Department in conjunction with the county’s Office of Education and Department of Public Works. More than a dozen students from Santa Clarita middle schools watched as a Blackhawk helicopter hovered over a portion of the lake and dropped a wire with an orange capture ball in the water. The rescuer and victim hooked onto it and the rescuer used hand signals to communicate with the individuals in the helicopter. They were pulled out of the water and then dropped onshore. Several of the students captured the dramatic mock rescues on their camera phones before they got sprayed with sand from the helicopter’s powerful rotors. last_img read more