A request from the dismissed Deputy Director for Operations of the Executive Protection Service (EPS), Darlington George, to have criminal charges against him dropped could not take place yesterday after state lawyers pleaded with Criminal Court ‘B’ for suspension of the matter.
The case was, however, rescheduled to today at the Criminal Court ‘B’ at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia.
George and his bodyguard James Tamba are charged with aggravated assault, a felony of the second degree, and criminal facilitation. The two EPS officers allegedly beat and wounded one Ms. Varnester Maday Kiatamba, a resident of Barnesville Estate, in September last year.
George’s request for dismissal of the charge is based on what his lawyers argued as government’s failure to prosecute their client despite four consecutive court terms, which expired without state lawyers pressing for prosecuting their client.
Under the law, an indicted person should be tried within two consecutive court terms, a law which George’s legal team based their argument on to ask the court to drop the charge against him.
It is not clear if the court will grant his request. But if it does, defendant George will walk away from the court today, Friday, September 30, a free man.
However, if the request is denied, George and co-defendant Tamba’s trial will resume anytime soon.
The case was initially filed at the Barnesville Magisterial Court for prosecution. It was later transferred to Criminal Court ‘A’ due to the magisterial court’s lack of jurisdiction to try the case.