Mittal Steel Rioters Found Guilty

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With widespread criticisms over the slow nature of the prosecution of cases by the State, things look to be getting on a different path with the Government winning several cases in court.

In recent months, the Government of Liberia has been able to win at least more than two cases a month at the same time drawing out new indictments against individuals for allegedly coming crimes against the state.

Wednesday was another good day for state prosecutors as they won two major cases in court, pending final judgment and sentencing within four working days consistent with the law.

On July 3, 2014, a group of citizens working with Arcelor Mittal in Nimba County staged an authorized demonstration on the compounds of the Company, which eventually turned into rioting that led to the loss and destruction of properties belonging to the company.

The government of Liberia indicted co-defendant Alfred Saye and eleven others who were arrested, investigated, and charged with multiple offenses including armed robbery, arson and theft of property and obstruction of Government’s Function.
State prosecutors argued that the facts revealed that the rioting grew out of a demand by the workers for a pay rise and other benefits which the company had agreed to handle at a given point in time.

Following months of trial Jurors in the case at the 2nd Judicial Circuit Court, Grand Bassa County sitting in its February Term, A.D. 2015, brought down a unanimous Guilty verdict in favor of the State against eleven of the defendants.

Final judgment in the case is expected to be handed down within four working days in keeping with law. One of the defendants did not stand trial due to illness.