High Court to Review 13 Mercenaries’ Life Imprisonment Case on Tuesday

first_imgThe Supreme Court will consider hearing of the conviction and life imprisonment sentence for 13 persons charged with mercenarism.The High Court, which is the final arbiter of justice in the country, will hear argument in the matter on Tuesday, December 2.The Justices said last week they would hear the convicted men’s appeal against the ruling of Judge Emery Paye of Criminal Court ‘D’ at the Temple of Justice.Judge Paye convicted and sentenced them to life imprisonment on June 17, after he affirmed the unanimous guilty verdict of the empanelled jury.This is the only option that is now available to the defense team. If the Supreme Court affirms the lower court’s decision, then that will be the final arbiter of justice in this case.But, if the Supreme Court reverses the ruling, the case could go into re-trial with a new judge assigned to preside.Initially, the lead defense lawyer, Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe argued that the defendants were denied a fair trial, because the verdict of the six-member jury was not commensurate with the evidence adduced during the case.Their appeal was contained in an application requesting the court to institute a re-trial.Unfortunately, that request was denied by the Criminal Court ‘D’ judge, and he later stressed that the men will remain in jail for the rest of their lives.The 13 defendants were among 18 persons charged by the state with mercenarism in September 2012, in connection with the cross border attacks in the Ivory Coast, which resulted in the death of several persons including seven United Nations Peace Keepers from Niger serving in the la Cote d’Ivoire.The civil unrest in la Cote d’Ivoire had erupted between supporters of former Ivoirian President Laurent Gbagbo and that of President-elect Alassane Ouattara at the time.Five of the defendants were released for lack of evidence by the court, which the prosecution interposed no objection, while the rest of the 13 defendants were tried for their alleged role in the cross border attack.But, they denied all of the charges against them during the trial.Most of the defendants claimed they knew nothing about the war in la Cote d’Ivoire, with some of them considering the trial a witch-hunt against them, because of their connection to Grand Gedeh County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Young girls “Lace ’em Up” at the North Peace Arena

first_img“So we’re just running fundamentals of hockey and just exposure to girls – an opportunity to get out and have a little opportunity to have a puck and see if they like hockey,” says coordinator Darla Jackson.Jackson says her daughter began playing peewee hockey for the first time this year, which got her thinking about girls’ participation in sports.“This was just something to see what our interest looks like in Fort St. John for female hockey,” explains Jackson. “It’s been pretty lacking in the last while, our female development.”- Advertisement -Jackson says approximately 50 – 60 young female athletes signed up for today’s hockey clinic.Participants range in age from 5 to 17.This is the first time a girl-oriented hockey clinic is being hosted in Fort St. John but Jackson says hopefully it won’t be the last.Advertisement “I would hope to see us do this maybe twice a year or something like that,” Jackson concludes. “Maybe even work into hockey camps or something in the future for females.”last_img read more

Beckett, Ortiz, lead Red Sox to 4-0 victory over Angels in playoff opener

first_img“He’s a guy that wants to be great,” said Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell, who came to Boston from the Marlins in the same trade as Beckett. “He doesn’t want to be pretty good. He wants to be the best guy that takes the mound. That’s what you want from your ace.” It was Beckett’s first postseason appearance since blanking the New York Yankees on three days’ rest to clinch the `03 Series for Florida. The last pitcher with consecutive postseason shutouts was current teammate Curt Schilling, who accomplished the feat with the Phillies in 1993 and Arizona in 2001. “You don’t change a lot of things just because now you’re in the postseason,” Beckett said. “You do what made you successful to get here.” Boston rookie Daisuke Matsuzaka will face Kelvim Escobar in Game 2 on Friday. The only 20-game winner in the majors this year, Beckett struck out eight and walked none to improve to 3-2 with a 1.74 ERA in the postseason. He threw 83 of his 108 pitches for strikes and started 21 of the last 23 batters with first-pitch strikes, including 15 in a row. “He was throwing the ball better than he has at any point in the season. He was in control of himself,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. “That was a great performance.” Beckett has two shutouts in 166 regular-season starts – and three in six postseason starts. He became the first Boston pitcher to toss a postseason shutout since Luis Tiant beat Cincinnati 6-0 with a five-hitter in the opener of the 1975 World Series. The victory was Boston’s seventh straight in the postseason over the California-Anaheim-Los Angeles Angels, having come back from a 3-1 deficit to win in the 1986 playoffs and then sweeping them in the 2004 best-of-five first round. It was Ortiz who eliminated the Angels with a 10th-inning, series-ending homer in 2004. He hurt them again this year. Kevin Youkilis homered in the first off Los Angeles ace John Lackey, then doubled with one out in the third. Ortiz, who needed a cortisone shot in his ailing right knee on Saturday, followed with his ninth postseason homer to make it 3-0. “This is his time of year, too,” Youkilis said. “For David to come out and have a big hit is always good. Because when David’s confidence is high, this team succeeds.” Lackey won 19 games in the regular season – second only to Beckett – but he couldn’t keep up on Wednesday. Lackey allowed four runs, nine hits and two walks, striking out four in six innings. “With Beckett pitching that way, it’s going to be tough,” Lackey said. “You’ve got to hold down that kind of lineup with not getting much from your side.” Indeed, Beckett was on top of his game – just like last time against the Yankees. He gave up a leadoff single to Chone Figgins and then retired the next 19 batters. The 6-foot-5 right-hander allowed a single to Vladimir Guerrero with one out in the seventh and the crowd applauded politely, as if a no-hitter had been broken up. Howie Kendrick singled in the seventh and Guerrero had another hit with two outs in the ninth. But Beckett got Garret Anderson to fly out to center field, and the Red Sox were celebrating another playoff victory over the Angels. “Beckett was about as good as we’ve seen him,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “I don’t think you’re going to be able to pitch a much better game than that.” Lackey had some October success of his own, winning Game 7 of the `02 Series as a rookie to clinch the title for the Angels. But this right-handed Texan also had a more ominous history to live down: He is 1-7 against the Red Sox and 1-5 at Fenway Park, and on Wednesday his struggles continued. After Ortiz’s homer in the third, Lackey walked Manny Ramirez and put him on second with a wild pitch before Lowell’s single made it 4-0. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BOSTON – Josh Beckett waited four years between postseason starts. When he got back on the mound, nothing much changed. He’s still Mr. Zero when October rolls around. The 2003 World Series MVP pitched his second consecutive postseason shutout Wednesday night, backed by a two-run homer from David Ortiz that helped the Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-0 in their AL playoff opener. Beckett retired 19 consecutive batters after a leadoff single, allowing just four hits to run his postseason scoreless streak to 18 innings. His three postseason shutouts tie Whitey Ford and Mordecai Brown for second on the career list, one behind Christy Mathewson. last_img