Alleged Lebanese Rapist Charged

The Liberia National Police has charged and forwarded to the Monrovia City Court a 43-year old Lebanese national who is currently being detained at the Monrovia Central Prison awaiting court trial.    According to the release issued on Sunday, Jaafar Bashir is being charged for Statutory Rape, endangering Welfare of Children, and Interfering with Child Custody which is in contravention of Section 14.70, 16.4 and 14.53 of the revised penal code of the Republic of Liberia.

The release signed by Police Inspector General, Chris Massaquoi said suspect Bashir, has on several occasions engaged in inviting under aged children as young as six years to his Battery Factory and Red-Light, Paynesville residents and sexually abused them while at the same time videotaping his action.

The release further noted that he was arrested after police got a tip-off and prayed for a writ of search and seizure through the office of the County Attorney of Montserrado County.

The police according to the release discovered video recording of suspect Bashir while having sexual intercourse with minor children.

The release quoted the Director of Police that the Liberia National Police will continue to uphold its zero tolerant policy on crimes against persons, especially women and children.

Meanwhile the Liberia National Police had also charged Cyrus Saydee and Roland Ben with hindering Law Enforcement and are expected to appear before court.

The men obstructed the arrest of Mr. Bashir when police and court officials went on a search and seizure operation.

Meanwhile, the Lebanese community in Liberia has learned with shock and grave concerns that one of its Nationals has allegedly been involved in Luring of underage young girls for sexual intercourse.

“We the Members of the community condemn in the strongest terms this immoral act of abuse and ask that Justice be done and anyone found guilty of such an act whatever his nationality may be should face the full weight of the law”, a release from the community said.

The Lebanese Community extended their sympathy to the victims and their parents. The community further said they are emotionally hurt because this act affects every one of them and they should all work hand in hand to end such abuse on children.