LIBERIA: Court in Gbarpolu Sentences Human Trafficker To Six Years Imprisonment…

Flash Back: Man in handcuff on his way to prison

The sixteenth Judicial Circuit in Bopolu City, Gbarpolu County has brought down Mr. Anthony Sumo guilty for human trafficking.

Mr. Anthony Sumo was sentenced to six years imprisonment on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 by Assigned Circuit Court Judge, His Honor Joe S. Barkon.

It can be recalled that in February of year Mr. Sumo was arrested at the Salayea Check point in Bong County while attempting to traffic 22 children from Gbarpolu County.

The trial of Mr. Sumo and Co-defendant Madam Elizabeth McCree started in November of 2021, but Madam McCree was granted bill to travel due to illness. As a result, Mr. Sumo was accorded a separate trial which produced witnesses from the State and defendant.

However, on Thursday, December 9, 2021, Star Insurance Company produced the living body of Madam Elizabeth McCree before the Court as it was mandated by the Court.

Court has at the same time schedule the trial of Madam McCree to January of 2022.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the National Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce, Labour Minister Cllr. Charles H. Gibson has welcomed the sentencing of Mr. Anthony Sumo for the act of human trafficking describing it as, a major achievement in the fight against human trafficking.

Minister Gibson said that the taskforce is committed to winning all of the ongoing trafficking cases currently being heard in Monrovia, Gbarpolu and Grand Gedeh Counties and soon to start in Voinjama, Lofa County.

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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.

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