LIBERIA: Criminal Court Frees Talk Show Host Costa

Criminal Court “C” at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia has granted the petitioner’s petition for Habeas Corpus, releasing Talk Show host Henry Costa from further custody.

The ruling is a result of a five-count petition of Habeas Coupus filed before Judge Peter Gbeneweleh of Criminal Court “C”. A Writ of Habeas Corpus guarantees the protection of the rights of an accused and prevents violation thereof.

In his petition, Costa said he was detained beyond the statutory period of 48 hours, incarcerated, denied his right to information, telephone calls and a lawyer, among others.

According to Judge Gbeneweleh, the lack of a formal charge by the police, the release of 34 others with whom he was arrested, denial to information, calls and lawyer clearly speak to the violation of Costa’s constitutional rights, granting him the right to be released from further custody.

Costa was Saturday, February 7, arrested at midnight along with 34 others for breaking the curfew imposed by the Liberian Government due to the Ebola outbreak.

The 34 were release Sunday morning, leaving Costa in police custody because the police said he was already needed by the security apparatus for investigation on another matter.

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