Keita Pushes for Hearing

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Keita (far right) and his legal team, including Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe (far left), leaving the Monrovia City Court

By Abednego Davis 

A dramatic scene erupted yesterday at the Temple of Justice that prompted the Monrovia City Court to re-schedule the hearing into its criminal coercion charge against child rights activist Abraham M. Keita to Thursday, June 8.

On May 25, the court issued the charges against defendant Keita due to a complaint from Grand Gedeh County District #2 Representative Morais Wayee, claiming that the child rights activist accused him of raping his (Wayee’s) 13-year old niece.

In his complaint, the lawmaker alleged that Keita, without properly investigating the rape allegation, led a group of his supporters to the Capitol Building holding placards demanding that he resigns and exonerates himself from the alleged crime.

The court subsequently summoned Keita and his legal team to appear before it to answer to the charges based on Wayee’s grievance, but Keita failed to do so on two separate occasions, which prompted the contempt charge against him.

However, despite overwhelming reasons suggesting contempt, the court decided to drop its case against Keita, setting the legal basis for hearing Wayee’s case.

Meanwhile, up to present, Wayee has failed to press for a hearing of the criminal coercion charges against Keita, which presented the opportunity for Keita’s lawyers to ask for Thursday’s hearing.

By not seeking to further prosecute Keita, many now question whether or not Wayee’s action is being influenced by the national and international interest in the case because it involves the award winning child rights activist.

Since news of Keita’s allegation against Wayee came to the fore, the lawmaker has vowed to use the court system as an appropriate means of seeking redress – which he has ironically failed to do, although he boasts of having overwhelming legally admissible evidence to sufficiently prove the Keita’s guilt beyond reasonable doubt.

The lawmaker promised to ensure that Keita clears his name of the rape allegation currently making the rounds in the media.

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