In 15 Liberian Girls Trafficking In Lebanon Trial, State Loses Case against Alleged Lebanese Perpetrators

FLASH BACK: Mr. Abbas El Debes along with two court officers in Bomi during the trial
FLASH BACK: Mr. Abbas El Debes along with two court officers in Bomi during the trial

The Judge of the 11th Judicial Circuit Court in Bomi County, western Liberia has set free Abbas El Debes, a Lebanese national who was considered during the much talked about trial involving the Liberian girls alleged trafficked in Lebanon.

In late 2014, 15 Liberian girls in Lebanon complained that their employers in Lebanon were subjecting them to inhumane treatment and had seized their travel documents to prevent them from escaping.

Attorney Arthur Tamba Johnson, Defense Lawyer for Abbas El Debes
Attorney Arthur Tamba Johnson, Defense Lawyer for Abbas El Debes

The cries of the stranded girls, which reverberated around the country, led to a public outcry against the government with citizens calling on the leadership of the country to step in and save them.

The defendant was charged with the crimes of illicit trafficking in human beings, migrant smuggling, gang rape and criminal conspiracy by the Republic of Liberia.

Speaking to a local radio station via mobile phone, the assistant county attorney of Bomi County, Steven Williams said the trial involving the Lebanese national; Mr. Debs and the 14 Liberians girls have come to an end declaring Mr. Abbas El Debes  a free man.

However, nothing has not been heard from state prosecutors regarding the ruling brought down by the Judge of the 11th Judicial Circuit Court in Bomi County, while the defense lawyers, our Bomi County Correspondent said are overwhelmed of the ruling.

Detains will follow in our subsequent posting

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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.