The issue was not noticed till prosecuting lawyers ask their first witness to testify to a document, copy of which was not among the pieces of evidence submitted to the defense counsel.
Following the discovery, defense lawyers headed by Cllr. Johnny Momo objected to the witness testifying to the document on grounds that they do not and will not accept the document to form part of prosecution’s evidence against their clients.
It is a legal requirement that prosecuting counsel provide defense counsels all pieces of evidence it has for the prosecution of a case to place the defense in the position to defend their client and that foreign instruments will not be used to try their client.
According to the indictment, the Liberians and their American counterparts are facing multiple charges, including theft of property, economic sabotage, smuggling, criminal conspiracy and criminal solicitation for allegedly stealing seven vehicles from America.
The indictment named those involved as Armstrong Tony Campbell, Sheikh K. Brown and Kandakai Sherman, all of the city of Monrovia, and Sheriff Lasudo, who is said to be residing in Philadelphia, as well as others to be identified.
Prior to the objection, Deputy Commissioner for Customs Saah Samwah had testified as state first witness, linking the accused to the commission of the crimes.
Commissioner Samwah revealed that the understatement of the value of the seven cars, their models which were discovered as 2015 and 2016 is contrary to the 2006 disclosure made by the defendants.
The case has been adjourned to Thursday at a time that will allow the Defense Counsel to review and verify prosecution’s evidence that were permitted to form part of the case file.