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TWO LIBERIAN MARITIME OFFICIALS SENTENCED TO 9 YEARS FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT IN SOUTH KOREA

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MONROVIA – The Liberia Maritime Authority (LiMA) has been informed by Pureum Law Office, the Korean law firm hired by the Government of the Republic of Liberia to represent Messrs. Moses Owen Browne and Daniel Tarr in their sexual assault case, that today, April 5, 2023, at the hour of 2:00 p.m. (Korean Time), at the scheduled Verdict Hearing, the Court in Busan, Korea, has found both Messrs. Browne and Tarr guilty of Sexual Assault.

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According to the Liberia Maritime Authority press statement today, following this conviction, the Court in Busan has consequently sentenced both Messrs. Moses Owen Browne and Daniel Tarr to serve prison terms of nine (9) years each.

The Government of the Republic of Liberia, through LiMA, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Justice, the statement stated instructed its legal representation in Korea, Pureum Law Office, to furnish it with the various Appeal Options available to a criminal defendant under Korean Laws.

Notwithstanding, the LiMA statement stated further that it has been established that any appeal from such a verdict has to be exercised no later than seven (7) days following the rendition of the judgment. LİMA shall provide further information to the public once a decision is made regarding the issue of appeal.

The statement further narrated that the families of Messrs. Browne and Tarr have since been informed of the Korean Court’s Decision in this matter. The Government of Liberia intends to facilitate the visit to Busan, Korea, of at least one member of each family to ensure, inter alia, that contact between Messrs. Browne and Tarr and their respective families is maintained in the aftermath of the sentence.

The government of the Republic of Liberia shall continue to remain engaged with the government of the Republic of Korea through official diplomatic channels to explore any and all options which may be available to Messrs. Browne and Tarr, the LiMA statement concluded.

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