A Lebanese national, identified as Amin M. Dehini, has been arrested and charged with rape by officers of the Liberia National Police, (LNP).
Dehini, 65, is being held for allegedly raping an eight year old girl in Congo Town and awaiting prosecution.
In a press statement issued yesterday by the LNP in Monrovia, Police Director Clarence Massaquoi said the suspect was arrested following investigations concluded by police officers assigned to the case.
“The accused had contact with the victim on the day of the incident (December 10), and when allegations were made against him, he later fled his home; and prior to his escape, the accused had provided L$3,500 to treat the victim,” he said.
Director Massaquoi said for the accused to provide money to treat the victim constituted a tacit admission of his guilt.
He said the accused fled to the VOA Community on Robertsfield Highway where he was later arrested and brought to Monrovia.
The investigation also showed that witnesses confirmed that the accused undertook the responsibility to treat the victim, he said.
Director Massaquoi said the medical report obtained from the Duport Road Clinic, dated December 17, confirmed that the victim was raped.
“In consequence of this wicked, inhumane, intentional, and satanic act, the police have therefore charged Amin M. Dehini with statutory rape in gross violation of Section 14.70 (a) (ii) and (b) of the new rape law,” he said.
Director Massaquoi warned the public and those involved with compromising rape cases to desist from such act.
Director Massaquoi said the Liberia National Police is resolved to be vigilant in the fight against rape and other crimes.
The LNP, according his statement, early this year embarked on a major crackdown to curb the increase in rape cases.
The Liberia National Police has been spearheading anti-rape messages to create awareness on rape and its consequences.
“As we speak, the Liberia National Police has arrested several individuals, who despite the stringent measures put into place by the government, have continued to harm others without any regard to the rule of Law.
“Some of these individuals are currently facing court trials while others are serving long jail sentences at various prison centers across the country,” he said.