LIBERIA: Newspaper Publisher, IT Specialist Canned For Failure To File Bond

The Publisher of the Women’s Voices Newspaper and an Internet Technology (IT) specialist at a local bank in Monrovia have been detained for failure to file a valid Criminal Appearance Bond at the Monrovia City Court.

Publisher Helen Nah and Joshua Osadagbonyi, IT specialist, were arrested by police on charges of theft of property and criminal facilitation on April 21 and June 8, 2015 respectively.

A police charge sheet indicated that defendants Nah and Osadagbonyi were arrested on separate occasions for allegedly withdrawing US$33,190 from UBA Bank.

According to the charge sheet, the money in question was transferred to defendant Nah’s account at said bank by Osadagbonyi.

Lawyers representing the defendants requested the court to grant them a pre-trial conference to find a way forward.

The prosecution did not object, saying the defendants should file a valid criminal appearance bond with the court as surety.

Magistrate Kennedy Peabody granted the request and scheduled the pre-trial conference for Tuesday, June 23.

Meanwhile, the two have been detained at the Monrovia Central Prison pending the pre-trial conference.

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