LIBERIA: Judge Again Suspends Trail of 18 Alleged Mercenaries

The Criminal Court ‘D’ at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia on Monday postponed to Wednesday, March 19, the trial of the 18 alleged mercenaries currently under detention at the Monrovia Central Prison.

Earlier, on Friday, March 14, the court postponed to Monday, March 17, the trial on grounds that the prosecution and defense counsels failed to agree on the selection of jurors.

Ruling in the case on Monday, Presiding Judge Emery Paye said due to difficulties in recruiting trial jurors from the court’s compound, he has requested the National Elections Commission to submit names of capable Liberians to serve the court as trial jurors.

The 18 men are accused of staging cross-border attacks into neighboring La Cote d’Ivoire between 2010 and 2011, during which several persons, including seven UN soldiers were killed. The men have always denied their involvement in any cross-border attacks.

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