Weeping in Bassa

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It was a scene of frustration and disappointment when the foreman and members of the empanelled trial jury at the Second Judicial Circuit Court in Grand Bassa County handed down a unanimous guilty verdict against 12 indicted defendants for multiple crimes.

The defendants include people who were arrested last year following riot that paralyzed operations at ArcelorMittal site near Mount Tokadeh in Nimba County.

It took a few hours for the jury on April 6 to return from their deliberation to announce the guilty verdict against the defendants.

Following the jury’s pronouncement, the defendants’ constant silence in court dramatically broke into bitter weeping.

The jury further disclosed that the prosecution produced sufficient and supportive evidence to convict the defendants for the commission of the multiple crimes.

Those found guilty include Fred Saye, Yei Dokie, Prince Zeaduah, Jerome Zuweh, Wilson Gondo, Wuo Gballah and Peter Zuweh.

The rest are Orando Kortor, William Gbanda, Saye Jebolo, Saye Garteh, and Oretha Gono,

The multiple crimes included arson, armed robbery, and theft of property, physical obstruction of government function, criminal mischief, riot and failure to disperse.

Others are disorderly conduct, obstruction of highway and other public passage, and criminal conspiracy.

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