28 February 2013

Liberia: Broh's Trial Set for Next Month

Suspended acting Monrovia City Mayor Mary Broh will appear in court next month on charges of obstructing government operations. The Liberian government said Madam Broh violated subsection 12 of the Liberian Penal Code.

The acting Mayor was arrested on Tuesday near the Temple of Justice when lawyers from the Dumbar and Dumbar Law offices were apparently about to turn her over to the court.

However, after she was acquainted with her rights and informed about the reason of her arrest, her right to secure a bond, the suspended acting City Mayor waived preliminary investigation and hearing.

In the process, Madam Broh's lawyers filed a bail bond of L$30,000 to secure her release from detention. A violent protest emerged when officers of the Monrovia City Corporation were escorting Madam Broh to her vehicle, a violent action spread on the ground of the Temple of Justice as University students and others attempted to mob the acting city mayor.

City Court Magistrate Nelson B. Chinneh, who granted the bail bond, said the case will resume next month.

Last Thursday, the House of Representatives ordered the commitment of Madam Broh after she obstructed the imprisonment of Montserrado County Superintendent Grace Tete Kpan.

A petition for a writ of prohibition has been field before the Justice in Chambers at the Supreme Court of Liberia.

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