The Judge of the Monrovia City Court, Jomah Jallah has issued a writ of arrest for the owner and acting agent of the MV NIKO IVANKA Vessel on allegation of negligent homicide.
Judge Jallah’s September 1, the writ was based on a complaint filed by the government of Liberia through the Ministry of Justice.
A court document has confirmed that the acting agent of the vessel, defendant George McCay is currently under the jurisdiction of the Court after he was arrested on Wednesday, while the others remain at large.
Our Judicial Correspondent further said that government Chief Prosecutor, Cllr. Sryrenius Cephus’ accounts to the Court accused crew members of being aware that the vessel was only meant for cargo, but they intentionally put people onboard from Monrovia to Harper, Maryland County. The vessel in question eventually developed problems at sea and sunk in Marshall, causing the death of eight Liberians, most of whom were employees of the West African Examination Council WAEC Liberia Office.