Father Found Guilty of Kidnapping His Children

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A man whose ex-wife, Jamiah Sillah, accused of holding their children hostage in Mauritania was last Monday declared guilty by jurors of Criminal Court ‘A’ at the Temple of Justice.

The jury brought down their guilty verdict against Mohammed Sedee Falee, a Mauritanian national, after several hours of closed door discussion on the evidences produced at the trial.

Falee is, however, on a bail awaiting his sentence by Judge Roosevelt Willie.

He was charged with kidnapping, a first degree felony, which carries a long term prison sentence.

 Falee was declared guilty following a complaint from his ex- wife regarding the whereabouts of their children.

In her complaint, she said, between 2009 and 2011, her ex-husband took her and her children from Liberia through Guinea and on to Mauritania, the homeland of Falee.

In the court record, Sillah explained that while they were living in Mauritania, she left Falee and the children and went to bury her father in Guinea.

Unfortunately, upon her return the children and their father could not be located anywhere.

She claimed that Falee had relocated the children to an unknown destination, and had kept them in “involuntary servitude.”

After she reported the matter to the state security, Falee committed to returning the children, which he failed to do, the court record states.   

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