LIBERIA: Judge Denies Change of Venue Motion In Rape Case

The Judge of the 5th Judicial Circuit Court in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County, William B. Sando, has denied a motion filed by the defense counsel for a change of venue in a rape case involving one Momo Perry.

Suspect Perry is accused of raping a teenage girl in Robertsport in 2013.

Judge Sando said the court denied the motion for change of venue on grounds that all of the witnesses in the case are resident in the County where the crime was committed.

Recently, the defense team led by Counselor Boima Paasewe filed a motion before the court for transfer of the rape case from Grand Cape Mount County to the Temple of Justice in Montserrado County, to ensure transparent justice.

But the County Attorney of Grand Cape Mount County, Counselor Zakama W. Harris argued that the case should be tried in the county to avoid transporting witnesses to the new venue which is a long way from where they live.

In a related development, the case involving one Momo Kamara, who was arrested on March 4, 2012 and charged with the crime of murder, has resumed.

The defense counsel pleaded with the court to dismiss the case because, since the arrest and detention of Kamara in 2012, he has not been indicted, something he said was a gross violation of his Constitutional rights.

The prosecution requested the court not to dismiss the case on grounds that the crime committed by Kamara is a capital offense punishable by death.

Judge Sando ruled that the case will be tried in accordance with the laws of Liberia.

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