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Justice Ministry Won 50% Of Rape, SGBV Cases In 2016
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Justice Ministry Won 50% Of Rape, SGBV Cases In 2016

By Chiedi E. Nyenmoh

MONROVIA, February 15 (LINA) –The Ministry of Justice won a total of 41 rape and sexual gender-based violence (SGBV) cases in 2016, the Head of the Sex Crime Unit (SCU) of the ministry, John Gabriel, has disclosed.

He told UNMIL Radio “Coffee Break” Show Wednesday that the number is part of a total of 89 rape and SGBV cases prosecuted in eight counties during the period under review.

He named the counties as Montserrado, Bong, Nimba, Lofa, Grand Gedeh, River Gee, Maryland and Sinoe, adding that some of the cases were not successfully prosecuted due to mistrial.

According to Gabriel, the SCU is making gains in the fight against such crimes, pointing out that the department would do more “if a lot of people were reporting rape cases” which he described as “serious crimes” in Liberia.

He indicated that the outreach department of the SGBV unit has been visiting various communities to discuss SGBV and has also been informing and educating the public through dramas about rape.

LINA CEN/JGT/PTK

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