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Court Finally Selects Jurors For Mercenary Trial

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MONROVIA, March 20 (LINA) -Following three postponements of the trial of the suspected mercenaries due to lack of jurors, the Criminal Court ''D'' at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia has finally selected nine jurors for trial of the case.

Presiding Judge Emery Paye Thursday officially noted the appointment of the nine pre-trial jurors to serve in the court.

According to the Liberia News Agency, Judge Paye disclosed that the jurors were selected from the Townships of Barnersville and Johnsonville.

He made the remarks Thursday at the Criminal Court' D'' when the defense counsel, Cllr. Tiawon Gongloe, selected nine out of nineteen persons to sit on the case.

Meanwhile, arguments were advanced by both Prosecution and the Defense Counsels regarding all necessary documents relative to the case.

Meanwhile, Judge Paye has requested the prosecution counsel to submit or deliver to the defense counsels, any additional documentary evidence not submitted when the trial commenced.

The 18 suspected mercenaries were arrested in 2011 for their alleged involvement in cross-border raids into Cote d'Ivoire from Liberia.

During the raids, several persons were alleged to have been killed, including seven United Nations soldiers.

The trial has been scheduled for Monday, March 24.

LINA CMJ/PTK