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The Liberia National Police is blaming the courts for the increase in armed robbery across the country.

Police Director Chris Massaquoi said the LNP is frustrated over the manner in which suspected armed robbers are set free by the courts.

“The Police finds it quite frustrating, regrettable and wasted effort in vigorously pursuing and arresting these hardened criminals and forwarding them to court for prosecution, only to hear that they have been free by the court due to what the court says is failure to prosecute after two terms of court on procedural grounds.  As such rather than reducing the number of hardened criminals in the society, the Police is burdened with the task of arresting and re-arresting the same individuals repeatedly as they most often return to their criminal activities almost immediately after they are released,” Director Massaquoi indicated in a special statement on July 23, 2014 in Monrovia. 

Massaquoi said six suspected criminals arrested last week are some of those recently released by the court. 

He named Mark Agymah, alias Little Man; Mulbah Flomo,  alias Borbor Pain; Kesselly Mulbah, alias Kezoe; Emmanuel Dosen, Lewis Kennedy, Prince Kumeh, among others, as suspects recently set free by the court.   He warned suspected armed robbers to stop terrorizing citizens and residents or will have themselves to blame.

He said the police will not allow marauding criminals to hold hostage the country’s fragile peace.

The Liberia National Police is blaming the courts for the increase in armed robbery across the country.

Police Director Chris Massaquoi said the LNP is frustrated over the manner in which suspected armed robbers are set free by the courts.

“The Police finds it quite frustrating, regrettable and wasted effort in vigorously pursuing and arresting these hardened criminals and forwarding them to court for prosecution, only to hear that they have been free by the court due to what the court says is failure to prosecute after two terms of court on procedural grounds.  As such rather than reducing the number of hardened criminals in the society, the Police is burdened with the task of arresting and re-arresting the same individuals repeatedly as they most often return to their criminal activities almost immediately after they are released,” Director Massaquoi indicated in a special statement on July 23, 2014 in Monrovia. 

Massaquoi said six suspected criminals arrested last week are some of those recently released by the court. 

He named Mark Agymah, alias Little Man; Mulbah Flomo,  alias Borbor Pain; Kesselly Mulbah, alias Kezoe; Emmanuel Dosen, Lewis Kennedy, Prince Kumeh, among others, as suspects recently set free by the court.   He warned suspected armed robbers to stop terrorizing citizens and residents or will have themselves to blame.

He said the police will not allow marauding criminals to hold hostage the country’s fragile peace.