Failure of four of the 17 accused of murdering, Michel Bruno, a citizen of Belgium, to appear before Criminal Court ‘A,’ on Monday, March 31, prompted Judge Yussif D. Kaba to issue an arrest warrant against them.
Judge Kaba also ordered a prominent citizen of Grand Bassa County, Rev. Dr. Aba Karngar to appear before it on Monday, April 7, while another defendant, Luther Glader, was absent during the hearing.
Rev. Karngar filed a US$489,000 property bond that released 12 of the 17 accused, including Glader, from prison to await trial.
When the defendants appeared at the Court on Monday, defendant Glader was not anywhere to be found in the dock.
Judge Kaba’s action followed immediately after prosecution prayed the court to suspend further hearing into the matter and ordered the arrest of Musa Dubai, Stephen Badaygar, Prince Tarwo and Alex Peterson, who were also not in court on Monday.
However, the defense team argued that the four men were not included in the indictment that brought the defendants under the jurisdiction of the court.
They further argued that the action of prosecution was merely intended to delay the trial, praying the court to deny said request.
In the court ruling Judge Kaba declared that “even though the four accused names were not mentioned on the indictment, it does not mean that they were not among the other defendants.
They were also served a writ of arrest which brought them under the jurisdiction of the court. The writ is clear evidence that they were part of those indicted by prosecution,” he explained.
“Besides,” Judge Kaba continued, “they were not covered by the US$489,000 property bond filed on their behalf by a prominent citizen of Grand Bassa County, Rev. Dr. Aba Karngar, for their day to day appearance pending the completion of the trial.
Since they were not part of the other defendants covered by the bail bond,” he instructed, “the court clerk is hereby ordered to issue a writ to have them arrested and brought before court to show cause, if any, why they should not be held in contempt pending final determination of murder charges levied against them.”
He continued, “the clerk of court is ordered to issue a citation address to the surety (a promise by one party to assume responsibility for the debt obligation of a borrower if that borrower defaults) of Abba Karngar on the bond filed for the matter to appear before the court next Monday, April 7, to show while another defendant is covered under his bail for failure to appear at the court in respect of the nature of the matter.”
At Monday’s hearing the prosecution and defense teams concluded the examination and selection of the six member jury that would assist Judge Kaba to determine the matter.