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Liberian convict faces deportation

Feb 17, 2010, 11:28 AM | Article By: Bakary Samateh

Samuel Johnson, a Liberian national, is to be deported to his country of origin immediately upon completion of his prison term, according to a court order.

Johnson was recently convicted and sentenced to three years' imprisonment by the Banjul Magistrates' Court, for being in possession of a fake banknote (US dollars), and selling a fake banknote.

In delivering judgment, presiding Magistrate Emmanuel Nkea told the court that the convict was charged with five counts.

He revealed that the evidence adduced by the prosecution witnesses had proven the case beyond all reasonable doubt, and that the convict indeed committed the offence.

According to the Magistrate, the issue of fake banknotes is becoming a global problem, which he said, needed the intervention of all stakeholders to fight against the menace.

There should be no mercy to anyone caught by the law for such an act, he added.

It would be recalled that the convict, sometime in the month of December 2009, at the Albert Market in Banjul, was said to have sold a fake 100 US dollars banknote to a businessman.