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Magisterial George Doah MOIWOR County Coordinator Joe Mendin

MOIWOR County Coordinator Joe Mendin

The Liberia National Police and a magisterial court in Tappita, Nimba County have been accused of receiving bribes from suspects to compromise rape cases in the county.

A local non-governmental organization -Movement for Indigenous Women Rights or MOIWOR, is making the allegation MOIWOR County Coordinator Joe Mendin, claims he witnessed an instant at both the police station and the magisterial court in Tappita when the police and court officials received 1,500 Liberian Dollars from rape suspects and released them.

He said the act has created serious public mistrust in the two judicial institutions. Joe specifically names some rape cases that were compromised involving the daughter of Pastor MenledyTowah of Bangue Town where his nephew LuahTowah, was arrested for allegedly raping the 14-year-old girl, while few days later, another pastor’s son Luah Leeway, 25, allegedly raped a 12-year-old girl in Sugbeh Town, district#9 in Nimba, but the suspects were not tried.

He said some of the rape cases are compromised so that victims would avoid family members being sent to jail. The MOIWOR coordinator also mentions a recent rape case involving a 20-year-old woman by two suspects, FedescoWogbeh, 35, and LeablehGbeadua, 28.

According to him, the two men offered drinks to the victim before they sexually abused her. When our correspondent contacted Police spokesman Same Collins in Monrovia, his mobile rang without response, but Tappita magistrate George Doah, denied the allegation.

Magistrate Doah challenged Mr. Joe Mendin to produce documentary proof. He however, confirmed the court collects bond fees and this money is handled by the sheriff of court.

By Franklin Doloquee, Nimba-Editing by Jonathan Browne

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