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)
The English sweep on the football field comes, ironically, as the United Kingdom wrestles with Brexit, the painful and protracted withdrawal from the European Union.Only twice before in European football — the 1972 UEFA Cup and 2008 Champions League — had two English teams contested a final.But now two will take place in the space of four days as Arsenal and Chelsea square off in a London derby, 4,500 km (2,800 miles) from home, in Baku on May 29 before Liverpool and Tottenham clash in Madrid on June 1.“A full English,” ran the headline on the back of British newspaper the Daily Mirror, while Spanish sports daily AS said: “Football does not know about Brexit.”Liverpool, last year’s runners-up to Real Madrid, ended Spain’s five-year grip on the continent’s top club prize as they shocked Lionel Messi and Barcelona with a stunning 4-0 win at Anfield to overturn a 3-0 first leg deficit.Tottenham drew inspiration from the Reds to also come back from a 3-0 aggregate deficit as Ajax led 2-0 on the night in Amsterdam before Lucas Moura’s second half hat-trick sent Spurs into their first Champions League final.“We enjoyed a lot watching the tie against Barcelona. They are heroes too and, of course, it is going to be an amazing final between two English teams that for sure we are going to enjoy,” said Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.Premier League clubs accumulated revenues of £4.8 billion ($6.2 billion) last season, largely thanks to £2.4 billion in television revenue, and have spent over £1 billion on transfer fees in each of the past three summer windows.Yet, despite bringing in billions from around the globe, English clubs have been out-thought and out-played at Champions League level over the past decade.However, the Premier League now have the world’s best managers to go with the best players.Jurgen Klopp is in his fourth season at Liverpool and Pochettino near the end of season five at Spurs.Arsenal’s Unai Emery is a Europa League specialist having won the competition three times before at Sevilla and despite being questioned during his first season at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri is still coveted for jobs in Serie A should he wish to return to Italy.“An English lesson,” wrote Italian sports paper Gazzetta dello Sport. “The money flowing and the best coaches: that’s how the Premier League takes it all.” – Top level –Christian Eriksen said Lucas Moura deserved a statue after his hat-trick floored Ajax © AFP/File / Adrian DENNIS“Here the level is very high. To get to the final in the League Cup we beat Liverpool and Tottenham who are in the Champions League final, and in the final we played against the best team in Europe in my opinion, Man City,” said Sarri.“At the moment the Premier League is the best championship in Europe and as a consequence, in the world.”Chelsea needed a penalty shoot-out to beat Eintracht Frankfurt in their Europa League semi-final, while a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hat-trick took the Gunners to a 4-2 win over Valencia for a 7-3 aggregate.Valencia’s defeat ended Spanish participation in both competitions and a run that had seen La Liga sides win nine of the past 10 combined Champions League and Europa League titles.“It does not surprise me to see the English clubs,” said Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane, who led the Spanish giants to three consecutive Champions League titles in 2016, 2017 and 2018.“The coaches who are in charge of these teams bring something new, their know-how, which is different.”Barcelona, Juventus and Bayern Munich have dominated at home in recent years, but no club has retained the Premier League title since 2009.The constant grind of England’s top six vying every season for just four Champions League places allows nobody to rest on their laurels, on the pitch or off it in the recruitment process.“The English have the most money and are now spending it sensibly,” said German newspaper Zeit Online.“Ten years ago, it started to go downhill, but now, at the very moment they want to leave the EU, they are back.”However, the English revival has not pleased everyone and may only embolden plans to radically change the format of the Champions League from 2024 to avoid prolonged Premier League domination.“The Premier League has the most money, and when four English teams are in the finals, it is not good for football,” said Bayer Leverkusen coach and former Ajax boss Peter Bosz.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Georginio Wijnaldum scored twice as Liverpool stunned Barcelona to return to the Champions League final © AFP/File / Paul ELLISParis, France, May 10 – The Premier League has marked its return to prominence on the European stage as stunning Champions League comebacks from Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur to make the final was followed by Arsenal and Chelsea booking their place in the Europa League final. For the first time ever all four finalists will come from the same country, prompting concerns on the continent over the Premier League’s wealth and status thanks to huge television rights deals.