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Mercenary Case Suffers Setback

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For the second straight time, the Supreme Court has failed to listen to legal arguments into the case involving 13 Liberians convicted of subversive activities in neighboring Cote d'Ivore.



Despite citations to both party lawyers calling for the hearing of the case Thursday, Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor said the high court could not hear the case as scheduled as Justice Philip Banks was absence due to ill health.

Associate Justice Banks is said to be in the United States seeking medical attention.
 
"We cannot hear this case today as a result of Justice Banks absence.  It [is] necessary for the full bench to listen to this case than an incomplete bench. So, this case is postponed to later date," the Chief Justice said.
 
The postponement of the appeal hearings into the case was however welcomed by both defense and prosecuting lawyers.
 
Court Criminal Court 'D' at the Temple of Justice in 2014  brought down the men guilty of mercenarism in Cote d'Ivore and gave each of them life sentence.