Authorities of the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) yesterday began a weeklong capacity building exercise involving state lawyers (prosecutors) throughout the country. The aim is to adopt new strategies that would help to reduce penalties applied to certain crimes committed under the state of emergency.The training is supported by the United States of America (USA). The government proclaimed a state of emergency beginning August 6, 2014, under Article 86 of the 1986 Liberian Constitution, under which certain constitutional rights and freedoms of the people are suspended.The measure, according to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, was to help in the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).The training is being held at the Montserrado County Administrative Building in Bentol City, under the theme: “Effective Prosecution under the State of Emergency.”For example, a person found guilty of petty larceny misdemeanor (crime), which is usually punishable by 30 days or up to a year in jail, will, under the new arrangement, be immediately released after filing a bond.Other offences, including murder, armed robbery and rape will not be exempt under the effective state of emergency strategy.Speaking yesterday during the opening session, Solicitor General, Cllr. Betty Lamin Blamo recollected that prosecutors won more cases at the Supreme Court level, during the August Term of Court, which was overshadowed by the Ebola virus and the imposition of the state of emergency.“We lost only one case at the Supreme Court level at that court term. We did well,” she declared.Cllr. Blamo did not mention the one case that was lost at the High Court.She said reducing overcrowding at prison facilities throughout the country was one of the major issues that will be discussed during the forum.“We will be discussing means of stopping people from going to jail during this state of emergency,” adding “This does not mean that we will not be sending people to jail. We will be sending to jail those accused or convicted of murder, rape and armed robbery.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. De Bruyne is capable of producing moments of magic The Otkritie Arena will host Belgium v Tunisia 3 Key players:Belgium: Belgium’s current ‘golden generation’ is full of world class players, but the pick of the bunch is Kevin De Bruyne. The Manchester City midfielder enjoyed the best season of his career under Pep Guardiola, and if he can continue this form into this summer’s tournament, Belgium will take some stopping. The 2018 World Cup is in full swing now, with many over half of the group stage matches played – all of which have been live on talkSPORT.Today, Sunday, there are another three games, the first of which sees Belgium take on Tunisia from Moscow. 3 3 Tunisia: Wahbi Khazri plays his club football for Rennes in France, on loan from recently relegated Championship side Sunderland. A technically gifted playmaker, much of Tunisia’s attacking play will go through the 27-year-old.Predicted line-ups:Belgium: Courtois; Alderweireld, Boyata, Vertonghen; Meunier, De Bruyne, Witsel, Carrasco; Mertens, Lukaku, E. HazardTunisia: Ben Mustapha, Meriah, Syam Ben Youssef, Bronn, Haddadi, Skhiri, Badri, Sassi, Fakhreddine Ben Youssef, Khazri, SlitiWhere can I stream Belgium v Tunisia?Belgium v Tunisia is live to stream on talkSPORT.com, or you can listen on 1089 or 1053 AM, DAB radio or through the talkSPORT mobile app.