By C. Winnie Saywah-Jimmy
The Tubmanburg Magisterial Court in Bomi County has issued an arrest order for Senjeh District Commissioner for Bomi County, James Tarpeh, for ‘Bail jumping’ against charges of Terroristic Threats, Felonious Restraints and Obstructing Public Highway.
According to the court document, a copy which is in the possession of this paper, Commissioner Tarpeh was investigated in March, 2014 by the Bomi County police detachment and subsequently charged and sent to court but was released on sureties from three men.
The police detail of the case stated that Commissioner Tarpeh prevented some residents from leaving the county on an earlier arrangement between him and them but the court which released the defendants who had failed to appear, so that the trial can be proceeded with on the date assigned has ordered that “If the defendants are arrested after official working hour or on holiday/ Sunday, they should be detained at a police cell and forwarded to the Tubmanburg City Magisterial Court the next working day to face justice.”
The court’s order is also to arrest the three men’s sureties in persons of B. Sando Archie, William K. Sando and Isaac S. Kamara who executed a criminal appearance bond on April 23 to appear on May 3 at 10 a.m. for the trial but refused to appear.
The court termed the acts of Commissioner Tarpeh and his sureties as being criminal, illegal and unlawful and is in violation of the New Penal Code of Liberia; an attempt to shield acts perpetrated by county authorities.
Sources have informed this medium that the trial proceeding into this matter is being interfered with by some county authorities but the county attorney has vowed to ensure that justice is carried out in this matter to dispel the culture of impunity of county authorities on belief that the law exempts them from being prosecuted for wrong doing.