Monrovia, Liberia Release – The Liberia Maritime Authority (LiMA) has announced that it has received information from Pureum Law Office, the Korean law firm retained by the government of the Republic of Liberia to represent Messrs. Moses Owen Browne and Daniel Tarr in their sexual assault case, that on April 5, 2023 at 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.
As a result of this finding, according to LMA, the Court in Busan sentenced Messrs. Moses Owen Browne and Daniel Tarr to nine (9) years in prison, respectively. The Liberian government has asked its legal representative in Korea, Pureum Law Office, to provide it with the numerous appeal options available to a criminal defendant under Korean law via LiMA, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Justice. However, it has been established that any challenge from such a decision must be made no later than seven (7) days after the judgment has been rendered. When a choice is made regarding the appeal, LMA will update the public with new information.
The Korean Court’s decision in this case has since been communicated to the families of Messrs. Browne and Tarr. To make sure, among other things, that contact between Messrs. Browne and Tarr and their respective families is maintained in the wake of the sentence, the Liberian government plans to make it easier for at least one member of each family to travel to Busan, South Korea.
The Liberian government will continue to communicate with the Korean government through formal diplomatic channels in order to explore all of the options that might be open to Messrs. Browne and Tarr, according to LMA.
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