Police, NSA Directors Defy Criminal Court to Release 2 Men

first_imgThe Inspector General (IG) of the Liberia National Police (LNP) and the Director of the National Security Agency (NSA) have refused to turn over two men allegedly being held in their custody.IG Chris Massaquoi and NSA Director Fomba Sirleaf say that they have already transferred Jefferson Sanoe and Alfred Cruwu from Monrovia to Gbarpolu County despite numerous orders from the Court to turn the prisoners over to Criminal Court ‘A’ at the Temple of Justice.Sanoe and Cruwu are believed to have been arrested based on diamond smuggling allegations.They were arrested on October 21, by joint security assigned in Gbarpolu County. State security is yet to account for the prisoners.Besides, their families are yet to have access to them.At last Friday’s hearing on the government’s request, Judge Johannes Zogbah Zlahn of Criminal Court ‘A’ denied the appeal seeking for the two men to be transferred from Monrovia to Gbarpolu County.After denying the request, the Criminal Court Judge immediately issued a compulsory writ of “Habeas Corpus” against them. A writ of habeas corpus is a judicial mandate to a prison official ordering that an inmate be brought to the court so it can be determined whether or not that person is imprisoned lawfully and whether or not he should be released from custody.It is also a petition filed with a court by a person who objects to his own or another’s detention or imprisonment.The LNP and NSA directors are expected to appear before the court today, to give reason, why they should not be held in contempt of court for their failure to produce the men.Enforcing the court’s decision, Judge Zlahn declared that “LNP is under an obligation to have produced the living bodies of the prisoners to this court as demanded by the writ of habeas corpus.”He further declared that the “alleged transfer of the prisoners from Montserrado County to Gbarpolu County by the LNP, after they were served with a writ of habeas corpus was an attempt to circumvent the Constitution and statutory laws of Liberia.”Judge Zlahn continued the “compulsory writ of habeas corpus served on the LNP, the NSA and the Minister of Justice shall remain in full force,” adding “This court demand the respondents to produce the living bodies of the prisoners into their custody to the sheriff.”Concluding, the Criminal Court Judge ordered that, “Their failure to comply with this ruling, the court shall issue an arrest warrant against them.”Prior to the Court’s decision, one of the state lawyers, Atty. David Woah said, “As a matter of law, this court lacks jurisdiction to issue a compulsory writ of habeas corpus.” Atty. Woah argued “that a habeas corpus for the said plaintiffs must and should be filed in Gbarpolu County, the 15th Judicial Circuit, which is presided over by a Circuit Judge.”In a counter argument, the Heritage Partners and Associates that is representing the two men, insisted that the “state lawyer over jurisdiction does not hold water in the instant case.”They added that “because the court has jurisdiction over writs of habeas corpus and, as such the issuance of the writ against the defendants is proper and legal.”They further argued that there is no evidence to establish that their clients have been transferred to Gbarpolu County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Elderly couple terrorised by armed men during home invasion

first_imgThe elderly parents of television personality and activist, Neaz Subhan, were left traumatised after five bandits, two of whom were armed with handguns, broke into their home in the wee hours of Friday.The incident occurred at Lot A Craig, East Bank Demerara; home to 72-year-old Mohamed Subhan, a pensioner; and his 83-year-old wife, Khairool Subhan, who is bedridden due to medical issues.The contents that were emptied from the wardrobeAccording to Police reports, the robbery occurred sometime around 02:10h during which the bandits escaped with a 32″ flat screen TV valued $70,000.Speaking with Guyana Times, the elder Subhan recalled that he was awakened after his wife was in some discomfort and after giving her medication, he returned to bed. The man said he was still awake when he noticed a pair of hands on the window.“I thought was a bat opened its wing and on the window but when I get up, I see the window open and when I look outside, I didn’t see anybody. By the time I go back inside the room and was about to lie down, a man pounced on me,” he recounted.Subhan said he saw the man approaching him and yelled three times before he was silenced by the intruder.“He covered my mouth and put a gun to my head saying ‘don’t holla, don’t holla’. He asked where the money deh and I tell he that I don’t have money that my wife paralysed, then he said that he know that she paralysed. Then he and the other guys, they go and tumble up the whole house. They were going to break the wardrobe but I tell them where the key was and they open it and empty out all the clothes but they didn’t get anything,” he related.The distraught man further recalled that the men left the room and sometime after, the landline began to ring and when he came out the bedroom to take the call, the men had already left, taking the television and a cellphone with them.According to Subhan, subsequent checks around the house revealed that the perpetrators escaped through the door in the lower flat of the house after removing the protective bars.Meanwhile, the man’s son, Neaz, related to  Guyana Times that his brother called and informed him that bandits had broken into their parents’ home and he immediately called 911 but was disappointed in the response he got.“The phone rang for a while before someone picked up and I tried to relay what I was told happened. I was put on hold for what seems to be a while, and then when the person came back on the line they give me a number and told me to call the number, which is a Police station within the jurisdiction. But when I called the number, it wasn’t within jurisdiction, it was the station at Providence and they told me to call Grove Station. I then said ‘look, I don’t think I could go through all of this can you radio internally and get the message out that this happened and that officer I spoke with seemed cooperative,” he recalled.Neaz continued that he eventually contacted the Grove Station and was told that they do not have any patrols and only two ranks were at the station so they could not provide any assistance.“I was kind of disappointed in that but eventually I got through with a number for Operations at Brickdam and the person who answered was very helpful and the Police eventually came – although it was an hour and a half late,” he stated in dismay.Nevertheless, an investigation has been launched.This is the second robbery carried out on the elderly couple. Bandits had broken into the couple’s home in July of 2017; however, no one was ever apprehended from that burglary.last_img read more

Here’s what Saints legend Benali thinks of the decision to appoint Pellegrino

first_imgSouthampton legend Francis Benali has told talkSPORT 2 of his optimism over the season ahead following the appointment of Mauricio Pellegrino.The Saints confirmed Pellegrino as first team manager on Friday, just over a week after the sacking of Claude Puel.While Puel guided Southampton to an eighth-place finish last term – not a bad position on paper – there was frustration across the club that their identity on the pitch had been lost under the Frenchman.His replacement, Pellegrino, who was assistant manager to Rafael Benitez at Liverpool between 2008 and 2010, is relatively unknown by both the St Mary’s and rival support.But as discussed with Benali, former Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino was similarly someone many asked ‘who’? when he arrived on the south coast four years ago.“You look back at the recent appointments, in recent years, and going back to [Mauricio] Pochettino, [Ronald] Koeman, and even Claude Puel, they’ve all come in and done an outstanding job,” Benali told talkSPORT 2.“That’s why I’m comfortable with the appointment the club have made; you know they certainly wouldn’t have made the decision lightly to let Claude [Puel] go, and likewise they’ve certainly got a selection process, an appointment process of new players and managers that stands out from other teams.“I’m keeping my fingers crossed that things will go well for him, but it’s going to be tough, because the Premier League can be a pretty formidable place to come and play and manage.”Benali also spoke of the opportunity players at Southampton, particularly those who may have struggled under Puel, now have to suggest they deserve a place in the team.“It’s going to be an opportunity for every single player at the club… a clean slate for players that were playing regularly under Claude Puel – they’ve got to almost go out and prove themselves again.“It’s an opportunity for players that may have not figured much to impress the new manager, but he’ll have to come in and have a few conversations with one or two key players that have been linked with moves away from Southampton, and put his spin on why Southampton are the club to play for and he the manager to play under.”Listen to the full interview with former Southampton full-back Francis Benali, who also chats transfer rumours, the Saints’ home-grown talent and more, above.last_img read more

How did the Spurs players fare against London rivals Fulham?

first_img 11 The ‘Bury Beckham’ was absolutely sensational down Spurs’ right-hand side and scored a wonderful free-kick to put his side back in the lead. Anyone else get a tinge of nostalgia when it hit the back of the net? silverware Ben Davies – 8Started the game like a man possessed, pushing Fulham back at every opportunity. Has officially made the left-back spot his own and could force Danny Rose out of the club at this rate.Dele Alli – 8 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won It was a job well done for Spurs What a game the Brazilian had, continuing where he left off after a wonderful pre-season. Pochettino may not have made any signings in the summer, but Moura’s resurgence will feel like a new acquisition,. REVEALED Jan Vertonghen – 7Calm and assured as ever, seems to have picked off exactly where he left off last season. Arguably one of Tottenham’s most reliable and consistent performers.Davinson Sanchez – 6 (SUB) Mousa Dembele – 8 11 Harry Kane – 7 Kieran Trippier – 8 Lucas Moura -8 How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures However, just like he did for England in the World Cup semi-final, Kieran Trippier whipped home a gorgeous free-kick to restore Tottenham’s lead.Harry Kane completed the victory, finally getting his elusive August goal after a tidy finish past the hapless Fabri.But how did the rest of the Spurs players fare?Scroll down to find out!Hugo Lloris – 7 Eric Dier – 5Looked lost in midfield without an anchoring partner, Tom Cairney and the Fulham forwards ran rings around him at times. It made for bleak reading when it was revealed the visitors had 70% at the start of the second half.Christian Eriksen – 6 NEW ERA (SUB) Harry Winks – N/ANot given enough time to make an impact 11 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener 11 (SUB) Erik Lamela – 7 ALTERED 11 Restored to the team after a lengthy absence, his mere presence exudes calm amongst his teammates center_img Tenacious and filled with pace, you feel as though Pochettino could happily cope with multiple Erik Lamela’s in his side. Helped set up Kane’s goal. Was as commanding and efficient as ever – defended his 18-yard box extremely well from the pacy Fulham attackers Not one of his better games, the Dane was rather on the periphery given his usual high standards. Did not get across quick enough to stop the cross which resulted in the goal. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? gameday 11 Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes May not have got on the scoresheet, but the England man was flowing with confidence and looks ready to step up to the plate for his side when they need him. Produced more flicks than a Strictly Come Dancing routine. How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? 11 Toby Alderweireld – 7 Tottenham Hotspur produced a fantastic, free-flowing performance to defeat a plucky Fulham side who can leave Wembley with their heads held high.Lucas Moura opened the scoring for the hosts with a fantastic left-footed effort just before the end of a first half in which Spurs dominated. REVEALED 11 11 But Mauricio Pochettino would have been disappointed to see his side allow last season’s Championship Play-off final winners back into the game.A glorious passing move saw the Whites escape form virtually their own goal line before Aleksandr Mitrovic headed home Joe Bryan’s peach of a cross. Changed the game when he came on, Tottenham’s switch to a flat back four helped him take control of the game by the scruff of the neck. Came back to haunt his old side. smart causal 11 Got drawn into a physical battle with Mitrovic, but coped reasonably well. Will be disappointed to have lost his man for the equalizer possible standings 11 Like Eriksen, the England captain was rather on the periphery of the game for the most part. But like all world-class strikers, he pops up with a goal when needed. Once he gets back to full fitness, you can see Kane pushing Salah for the Golden Boot all the way Premier League Latestlast_img read more

THE NORTHERN LIGHTS: HOW TO CHECK WHEN THEY’LL BE BACK

first_imgTHE has been no repeat of the spectacular Northern Lights display over Donegal tonight.Readers have been asking how they can track their return.One of the best websites is here: http://www.softservenews.com/Aurora.htm THE NORTHERN LIGHTS: HOW TO CHECK WHEN THEY’LL BE BACK was last modified: March 2nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img