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Mother Of Convicted Maritime Official, Moses Owen Brown Pleads With President Weah To Intervene

The mother of one of the convicted Liberia Maritime Authority employees Moses Owen Brown in Busan, South Korea to serve a nine years prison term for alleged sexual harassment is appealing to the Liberian leader, President George Manneh Weah to quickly intervene in the detention of her son in South Korea, requesting that he be transferred to Liberia to serve his sentence.

The two officials Moses Owen Brown and Daniel Tarr families are also pleading with the South Korean government to allow their sons to serve their respective 9-year sentences on sexual assault charges in Liberia .The Tarr and Brown families have asked the Liberian government to appeal to the South Korean government to allow Moses and Daniel to serve their time in Liberia.

Meanwhile, the Government of Liberia, through the Liberia Maritime Authority (LMA), has instructed its legal representation in Korea, Pureum Law Office, to provide it with the various appeal options available to a criminal defendant under Korean laws. Notwithstanding, any appeal from such a verdict has to be exercised no later than seven days following the rendition of the judgment.

Under South Korean Law, The Act on the International Transfer of Sentenced Inmates according to Chapter I of General Provisions Chapter 3 states: “The term ‘outgoing transfer’ means any transfer from the Republic of Korea to a foreign country of a foreigner who is serving a sentence of imprisonment.”

The international transfer of sentenced persons shall be only effected based on and in accordance with this Act and a treaty, if any, which is concluded between the Republic of Korea and a foreign country. In such cases, if a treaty includes any provisions inconsistent with this Act, the provisions of the treaty shall prevail.

Article 4 (Receipt and Transmission of Documents, etc. Related to International Transfer of Sentenced Persons):

(1) The Minister of Foreign Affairs has the authority to receive from foreign countries or to transmit to foreign countries documents or notifications associated with requests, approval, etc. for the international transfer of sentenced persons. Provided that in emergency or extraordinary circumstances, the Minister of Justice may exercise such authority with the consent of the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

(2) The Minister of Foreign Affairs shall transmit to the Minister of Justice documents or notifications associated with the international transfer of sentenced persons that he/she receives from foreign countries.

Credit FPA

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