Reliable information reaching the Daily Observer say that the lawyer who used a “fake bond” that released a Portuguese national from the Monrovia Central Prison has gone into hiding.
Charaf Khaled was arrested in November last year, between Liberia and Guinea, in the Ganta area; he was attempting to escape the country, after relieving a Guinean businessman, Mohammed Bah, of US$138,500, it was alleged.
Police later retrieved US$110,200 of the stash and charged him with theft of property.
But, on November 26, 2013, Khalid’s lawyer (name unknown) had him released him on bail, after being held at the Monrovia Central Prison for a week.
The bail was intended for his day-to-day appearance in the court, following final disposal of the matter.
Unfortunately, when the Monrovia City Court scheduled the case for hearing, neither defendant Khaled nor his lawyer could not be found in court—or anywhere else.
The defendant is believed to have escaped the country; and court officials admit that they have not been able to locate his lawyer.
The question now is what becomes of Bah’s money?
That was when, after looking a bit farther, the prosecution discovered that the bail, believed to have come from Medicare Insurance, had been “faked.”
But the insurance company has so far denied issuing the bail, claiming that it is a “false bail.”
They, however, refused to comment further on the matter. They did say, however, that they were considering doing whatever it takes to ensure that the court produces the lawyer.
Before a bail is issued to release a criminal from prison, it is always approved by another court: Criminal Court ‘A,’ which usually hosts the grand jury for Montserrado County.
“In recent years, the use of bail bonds and pretrial release rates have been raised in the country,” a judicial expert told the Observer.
The judicial expert explained that that has been the regular practices at the Court.