2 in Jail over Minister Sandolo’s ‘Assassination Plot’

first_imgTwo of the five persons arrested in connection with an alleged plot to assassinate Mr. Patrick Sandolo, Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy (LME) at his Todee farm are yet to appear in court. The two are currently in detention at the Monrovia Central Prison, nearly three months after they were charged by the Liberia National Police (LNP).Police charged the defendants based on a complaint from one Alvin Nelson, who is believed to be the caretaker of the Minister’s farm, a court document in the possession of the Daily Observer said.Though Minister Sandolo was not at the farm when the incident took place on July 24, the defendants are being charged with multiple crimes, including criminal conspiracy, armed robbery, theft of property, burglary, criminal mischief and criminal attempt to commit murder, which under the law is a non bailable offence.Defendants Anthony Mulbah along with Arthur Gono, Alex Gbato, Kpannah Tosh and Abraham Kollie were arrested by police due to a writ of arrest issued by Francis K. Fayiah, stipendiary magistrate of the Careysburg Magisterial Court, in Montserrado County, where the alleged offenses were committed.Alex Gbato and Abraham Kollie are the two persons currently detained at the Monrovia Central Prison awaiting trial, while the other three have been released.Mr. Dominic Kollie, the father of one of the defendants, Abraham Kollie, who spoke with journalists at the Temple of Justice, tearfully explained, “My son has been in jail since July 26 on multiple crimes and he still has not had a court date set. I have talked to the Magisterial Court and still have not had a court date set.“Is there any length of time that he can be held without a court date?“I am afraid that he is lost in the system. I tried calling Minister Sandolo, (but he) referred me to the court. I am getting nowhere fast. And they are still behind bars at the Central Prison.”He also used the occasion to appeal for government’s intervention to have them go to court.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgBREAKING NEWS: Gardai are hunting an armed raider who robbed a shop assistant at knifepoint last night.The terrifying incident happened around 7.30pm when a man walked into Cullen’s shop in Cockhill, Buncrana brandishing a knife.He demanded money and escaped on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. Nobody was hurt during the raid.The shop is owned by popular local man Cathal Cullen.Gardai were on the scene quickly and carried out searches and door-to-door investigations.Local Sinn Fein councillor Ciaran McLaughlin has condemned the attack and said his thoughts were with Mr Cullen and his staff. “I have been shopping in Cullens for years and they are always very helpful and kind.“Thankfully nobody was hurt but I am asking anybody who may have witnessed anything unusual to come forward and help Gardai.“The fact that a knife was used in the incident makes it all the more sinister. Anything could have happened,” he said.Locals say the Cockhill Road would have been very busy today as the Westbrook Bridge was closed due to roadworks.GARDAI HUNT ARMED RAIDER AFTER SHOP ASSISTANT HELD AT KNIFEPOINT was last modified: February 12th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranaCullensGardaiknife-pointraiderlast_img read more