key prosecution’s documentary evidence the police investigation report heavily relied upon to bring criminal charges against former Executive Protection Service (EPS), deputy director of operation, Darlington George was yesterday rejected by Criminal Court ‘B’ at the Temple of Justice. Judge Karboi Nuta’s decision stemmed from Cllr. Sunifu S. Sheriff, a state lawyer’s confession about their failure to make that evidence available to the defense team, even after the court subpoenaed (ordered) them (state lawyers) to do so.The case has been going on since 2016 with prosecution producing four witnesses, including the victim Esther Glain, without releasing series of documentary evidence to the defense team.It was not clear why the prosecution chose to withhold that particular evidence from the defense team.George and co-defendant James Tamba, assigned with Vice President Joseph N. Boakai were charged with aggravated and simple assault and criminal facilitation in connection with the alleged brutality against a lady, identified as Esther Glain in Barnesville estate area in 2015.The dramatic event occurred yesterday while Sheriffs attempted to take the police investigation report, among other documentary evidence, to the court for their endorsement.It was at that movement that defense lawyer Jonathan T. Massaqoui asked for permission to allow him to have a final look at the prosecution’s evidence.At that stage, Massaqoui discovered the police investigation sheet among the documents and asked the court not to include it among the other evidences.Massaqoui raised the issue and argued that allowing the evidence was prejudicial, because the prosecution has failed to furnish them with that document.Based on that contention, Judge Nuta temporarily stopped the case and subsequently inquired from Sheriffs as to whether or not they have submitted that document to the defense team, which was answered in the negative.The response prompted the judge to reject the evidence, despite prosecution’s plea for two hours to produce the document to Massaqoui which was also denied.Defending his action, Nuta said, on December 16, last year, the court ordered the Inspector General of the Liberia National Police (LNP) to make all pieces of evidence in their possession, including the investigative report, to the defense team, which they refused to comply.“Their action is clearly a violation of the court’s order and they were proceeding wrongly in accordance to a criminal proceeding of which they should have furnished every piece of evidence they had gathered to the defense team before the trial,” the criminal court judge explained.“Therefore,” Judge Nuta declared, “prosecution’s plea for two hours to make available the evidence to the defense team is denied.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Former Spain and Real Madrid head coach Vincente del Bosque believes Isco must show “exemplary” behavior when he is left out of the team.The talented attacker has seen his fortunes ebb and flow since arriving at Madrid in the summer of 2013, sometimes looking a key piece to the club and at other times stuck on the periphery.This campaign saw Isco begin as an important fixture under new coach Julen Lopetegui, scoring two goals and adding an assist across La Liga and the Champions League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! But the situation has changed after Lopetegui’s dismissal following Madrid’s heavy 5-1 defeat to Barcelona, as new coach Santiago Solari has not valued Isco as much.The attacker has yet to start a match under Solari, making just three substitute appearances, including a 27-minute stint in the shock 3-0 loss to Eibar last weekend.Then Isco was left out of the team entirely for Madrid’s 2-0 midweek victory over Roma in the Champions League, with reports suggesting a rift between he and Solari, though the manager has denied it. Del Bosque has now weighed in on the matter, telling El Larguero de la Cadena SER that while it falls on both coach and player to make a relationship work, Isco must not turn sour when he does not find his name on the teamsheet.”Isco? The coach must do his homework and the player must know when he is playing and when he does not play, he must know how to behave in an exemplary manner within a group,” Del Bosque said.Lopetegui’s short tenure have left Madrid in a difficult situation, with the club sitting in sixth place, six points off Sevilla at the top of the league and five behind Barcelona in second.Solari not only has to salvage this campaign, but do so with the spectre of uncertainty surrounding him and the club.Del Bosque is not a fan of the midseason change, claiming it undermines the overall position of the manager within the club.“For all clubs, when they have to put a new coach is one of the more delicate things. There’s always disorder,” Del Bosque added. “Either [Lopetegui or Solari] can lead the team, but this is very bad because it is a lack of belief in the coach.”Madrid look to follow up their victory over Roma when they host Valencia on Saturday.
Reuse this content Jason Gillespie Bairstow storm in teacup shows Australia still know how to get under England skins Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Strauss said: “These guys are not thugs. These are good, honest, hard-working cricketers who sacrifice a lot to play for England. We’ve got to take steps to make sure that reality is what people perceive of the England cricket team, not something different. I think there’s a bit of naivety there [among the players] and I think we need to be smarter.”The former England captain spoke to Bairstow after the fourth day, when reports of the incident first surfaced on Fox Sports News, and said he was satisfied by the wicketkeeper’s explanation as to why, during a chance encounter with the Western Australia team in Perth’s Avenue bar on the first night of the tour, he knocked heads with Bancroft.“[Jonny told me] that’s a greeting thing that he does with his mates. He assured me there was no malice, no intent, no aggression in what he did. And, although I’m somewhat surprised he would choose to do such a thing, I’m taking him at his word,” Strauss said.Bairstow fronted up to the assembled press corps on Monday shortly after Bancroft capped an eventful Test debut by hitting the winning runs. His unbeaten 82, along with David Warner’s 87 not out, knocked off the last 56 runs needed on the final morning to set a record for the highest unbroken opening partnership (173) in a successful Test run chase.The England wicketkeeper said the incident had been “blown out of all proportion” and there was “no malice” involved, but did not explain what actually transpired that evening and there were no questions allowed. 1:57 The Ashes Share on Facebook Topics Bancroft laughs off pre-Ashes Perth bar incident with Bairstow – video Read more Share on Pinterest Ashes 2017-18 Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Instead it took Bancroft to detail the events as, alongside him, the Australian captain, Steve Smith, laughed hysterically. Describing how his Western Australia team and a group of players from the England squad crossed paths on a night out, Bancroft said: “I got into a very amicable conversation with Jonny and yeah, he just greeted me with a head-butt kind of thing. I was expecting a handshake … it wasn’t the greeting of choice I was expecting.“That was the way that I took it. There was certainly no malice in his actions and we continued on having very good conversations for the rest of the evening. At the time he said sorry. For me it was just really weird. It was so random. A handshake or a hug is something I would have expected more than a head-butt.”Knockabout stuff, perhaps, but it left the England head coach, Trevor Bayliss, fuming at a needless distraction while his team are fighting to defend the Ashes. Given it occurred during the early hours, it also touched the raw nerve of the Stokes affair – an issue that leaves the all-rounder stuck at home as he awaits the outcome of a police investigation.Bayliss bemoaned his players making “dumb” decisions and said the incident had given Australia “ammunition” to put pressure on them. Certainly Smith’s side were happy to use it, with the captain crediting Warner’s on-field words to Bairstow while he batted on the fourth day – a precursor to the story getting out – for the rash shot that got him dismissed. Unless England are smart, overblown ‘head-butt’ could derail their Ashes Play Video Support The Guardian news Share on Messenger Australia cricket team England cricket team Andrew Strauss Share on Twitter Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp Jonny Bairstow Warner, who was heard continuing the on-field chat about “head-butts” over the stump microphones for a second day running, was banned for two Tests in 2013 after famously punching Joe Root in Birmingham’s Walkabout bar. Sure enough the England captain was quizzed about the leniency towards Bairstow in this instance.“I can see why people would think that on the surface, from how blown out of proportion it’s been. These are two very different incidents and we have to be very careful that we don’t fall into that trap,” Root replied, before he pointedly noted that the issue surfaced only once Australia had taken control of the Test match.The England captain cited Smith’s unbeaten 141 in Australia’s first innings as the difference between the two sides, ruing a missed opportunity when the hosts were 209 for seven and 93 runs behind before nudging a small lead. Root, in contrast, saw his lower order fold twice amid some hostile fast bowling. His opposite number promised more.Smith said: “I think we’ve made our intentions pretty clear on how we’re going to bowl to the tail. I think they know that as well. So they can expect a bit more of a barrage, I’d say.”The two teams now travel to Adelaide for Saturday’s day-night second Test, where their evenings will be spent on the field. After the match the England players will see their families join the tour before the third Test in Perth that gets under way on 14 December. Cricket Andrew Strauss has barred his “naive” England players from going out past midnight after Jonny Bairstow’s bizarre clash of heads with Australia’s Cameron Bancroft in a bar four weeks ago dominated the end of Monday’s defeat in the first Ashes Test.Strauss, the team director, insisted it would be wrong to portray English cricketers as “thugs” in the light of both this latest incident – one that was defused slightly when Bancroft described it as “weird” but not malicious – and the arrest of Ben Stokes in Bristol in September. But he once again reiterated responsibilities in a stern team meeting after the match.While Bairstow has escaped any disciplinary proceedings it is understood Joe Root’s tourists have now been hit with a curfew. The team management had previously been reluctant to take such action for fear of suffocating the squad on a long tour. The move – given it has annoyed the squad – therefore represents an off-field win for Australia after crushing their opponents by 10 wickets on it.