A Criminal Court “A” judge in Liberia has sentenced a Mauritanian national to 10 years imprisonment following guilty verdict brought against him for kidnapping his three children.
Mohammed Sedee Falee was found guilty of the crime of kidnapping by a six-member jury in Monrovia. Giving the final judgment yesterday (Monday), Judge Roosevelt Z. Willie told the court that the bail bond filed on behalf of the defendant was set aside and the unanimous guilty verdict rendered by the jury confirmed.
Judge Willie also said the clerk of court has been ordered to issue a commitment in accordance with his ruling to have defendant Falee committed at the Monrovia Central Prison to serve his sentence.
The Resident Judge added that if the three kidnapped children are not produced to the court within three years, effective as of the date of the final judgment, which is the statutory period required to presume them dead, the defendant will spend the rest of his life in prison.
Judge Willie said count 2 of the indictment which formed the basis of the trial, stated that during the periods of 2009 to 2011, the defendant took his wife, Jamilah Silliah, along with her three children, Sedarmey Mohammed, Abdularaham Mohammed and Dasatu Mohammed from Liberia, through Guinea to a village in Mauritania.
The Judge said the defendant deceived his wife that the purpose of their trip to Welahaf in Mauritania was intended to visit his family. He said when the lady left the defendant with the children to come to Guinea for the burial of her father, Falee had relocated the children to unknown destination.
The trial judge invoked Section 14.50 of the New Penal Code of Liberia, approved on July 19, 1976, which defines kidnapping as “A person is guilty of kidnapping if he unlawfully removes another from his place of residence, or business, or a substantial distance from the vicinity where he is found, or if he unlawfully confines another for substantial period in a place of isolation, with any of the following purposes.”
The prosecution was represented by the Sesay and Johnson Associate Law Firm in association with the Ministry of Justice, while the defendant was