LIBERIA: Prosecution Files Motion For Change Of Venue In Weala Riot Trial

One of the scenes in Weala where a police station was set on fire

KAKATA, June 12 (LINA) – The County Attorney of Margibi County has filed a motion for change of trial venue in the April 1, 2019 Weala riot case at the 13th Judicial Circuit Court in Kakata.

According to a copy of the motion filed before Judge Mardea Tarr-Chenoweth, Resident Judge of the Court by Cllr. H. Deddeh Jomah-Wilson asked the court for change of venue to the 2nd Judicial Circuit Court of Grand Bassa County.

Prosecution cited the law as providing that the court may change the place of trial of an action on motion, if the county, or in the case of an action in a court not of record, the magisterial area, town or city designated is not proper; if there is reason to believe that an impartial trial cannot be had in the proper county, magisterial area, town or city; or on motion, if all parties agree and if the convenience of material witnesses and the ends of justice will be promoted thereby.

It can be recalled that on April 1, 2019, a riot to place in Weala, Cinta Township, Gibi District, upper Margibi County leading to the destruction of several public facilities, private residences, including the two police stations in Weala and Baypolu towns as well as the Baypolu Magisterial Court.

The riot also left the compound of a private businessman, Stephen Tokpah, and his business center totally destroyed by the rioters.

Several persons, including the Commissioner of Cinta Township, Roland S. Johnson, Moses Tengbeh, McDixon Tokpah, among others, were charged with arson, theft of property, release of destructive forces, criminal mischief, criminal conspiracy, obstructing highway and public passage.

Prosecution said that the request was not made in bad faith but in accordance with the procedure and practice of the law of the Republic of Liberia.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.