LIBERIA: County Attorney Critiques Prolonged Detention of Suspects

The County Attorney of Grand Bassa County has sharply criticized the Liberia National Police for detaining persons suspected for committing crimes for more than 48 hours without trial, contrary to the law.

Counselor Onesemus Barwon’s reaction comes in the wake of reports of prolonged detention of persons suspected of committing various crimes at the Buchanan Prison.

Counselor Barwon noted that this action by the police is a violation of the suspects’ constitutional rights, which require that a suspect should not be held by the police for more than 48 hours, without being charged and sent to court.

Speaking to the Liberia News Agency at the weekend, Counselor Barwon called on citizens to take advantage of the Writ of Habeas Corpus in the Circuit Court to address the matter.

The Writ of Habeas Corpus, according to Counselor Barwon, provides the Court the authority to request the living body of a person detained by the LNP for more than 48 hours.

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