By Eric Gerlay (Intern)
Suspended Passport Director Andrew D. Wonplo’s liberty has been restored after Criminal Court ‘C’ Judge Yarmie Quiqui Gbeisay on Tuesday, July 14, dismissed charges against Mr. Wonplo due to government’s failure to follow up on the case.
“The government has deliberately refused to pursue this accusation it levied against Wonploe, leaving it with no option but to grant Wonploe’s request to drop the case against him,” the court claims.
Wonplo, along with a Nigerian national, Adedoyin E. Atiro was indicted by the state prosecutors during the August term of court in 2019 on charges ranging from economic Sabotage, theft of property and criminal conspiracy for allegedly defrauding the state of US$25,000 in the illegal sale of passports to non-Liberians — an accusation that Wonploe had denied.
The lawyer representing Mr. Wonplo on Tuesday, filed a motion pleading with Judge Gbiasay to dismiss charges against his client on the count of the prosecution team’s failure to prosecute the matter.
The decision to drop charges against the suspended passport Director is consistent with Chapter 18 section 18.2 of the Criminal procedure law which guarantees dismissal of charges against an Excused due to Court failure to proceed with prosecution after two successive terms of the court.