Cllr. Koffa also told a Ministry of Information Culture Affairs and Tourism press briefing yesterday that the prosecution team will be adding additional charges for three individuals already indicted by the Government of Liberia.
He indicated that based on the evidence gathered during a team of investigators’ visit to the US and UK positive outcome can be assured at the end of legal proceedings through a court of competent jurisdiction. The learned lawyer intoned that the team’s visit to these countries was in line with continuous investigation and cataloging of evidence by the prosecution for the benefit of the trial.
Koffa assured the public that based on the evidence gathered those indicted will be found guilty.
The Taskforce head who also serves as Minister of State Without Portfolio added” “the trip to the US and UK has resulted into increment of charges on three individuals already indicted and additional indictment has been drawn for others implicated in the report”.
An indictment under the jurisprudent of the common law countries, Koffah said, is simply a charge and a short simple statement that a crime has been committed. “We are now required to provide much more than sufficient information to identify what the crime is, the act precluded to the crime and the perpetrators,” he commented further, noting, “We have amassed substantial amount of evidence. We have an obligation to continue the indictment and prosecute the rest of those implicated in the report”.
He furthered stated that the Government of Liberia, in collaboration with Global Witness and the British and American governments, is expected to sign a mutual legal assistance agreement for the purpose of prosecuting this case.
“Our visit was invaluable, we will hear in a very short order how intense, qualitative and vibrant the visit to the UK and the US was, as we roll the evidence out in the court of law; we are sure that a jury of the peers of defendants will return verdicts of guilty,” he stressed.
For his part, Counselor Darku Mulbah, Chief Prosecutor of the Taskforce, indicated that the prosecution has gathered concrete line of evidence to ensure that indictees are convicted.
“We wanted to ensure that we did not operate under a second hand report; we wanted to interact with the crafter of the report. We wanted to be much more comfortable in relations with trial requirements.
“We are overwhelmed; because we are now placed in a position that assures us of a successful prosecution. We want the Liberian people to be assured of the desired result,” he averred.