LIBERIA: Police Charged Lebanese Businessman With Sexual Assault

The Liberia National Police (LNP) has charged and sent to court a 31-year-old Lebanese national for alleged sexual assault against a female resident of Old Congo Town, outside Monrovia.

The defendant was on Tuesday arraigned before the Monrovia City Court at the Temple of Justice to answer to the charges.

According to the police charge sheet, Joseph Chourity, who is Restaurant Manager of the Royal Grand Hotel on 15th Street in the Monrovia, was arrested, informed of his rights, investigated in the presence of his lawyers and subsequently charged with Sexual Assault for alleged offensive touches on the complainant (name withheld) at the hotel on January 1.

The police charge sheet noted that the action of accused Chourity is in violation of Section 14.77 of the Revised Penal Code of Liberia.

It stated that the Royal Grand Hotel official was arrested predicated upon a complaint filed to the police by the victim.

In the complaint, she informed the police that on Friday, January 1, when she and some friends arrived at the hotel to continue their New Year festivities at about 2:15 AM, and proceeded to take pictures in the bar area on the roof top of the hotel, the defendant use the opportunity to commit the act.

The complainant narrated that she was shocked and felt humiliated and embarrassed by the sexual assault against her by an employee of a reputable entity like Royal Grand Hotel.

Meanwhile, the defendant is currently awaiting court trial.

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