UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT District of New Jersey
April 30, 2009
RE: UNITED STATES
AKOUAVI KPADE AFOLABI, ET AL.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Jose L. Linares United States District Judge
CHAMBERS OF JOSE L. LINARES JUDGE
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR . FEDERAL BUILDING & U.S. COURT HOUSE 50 WALNUT ST., ROOM 5054 P.O . B ox 999 Newark, NJ 07101-0999 973-645-6042
Having reviewed the several letters received from the parties concerning interviews of the alleged victims in this case, the Court finds that the Government's April 28, 2009 proposal is a reasonable one.
Therefore, defense counsel shall direct to the Government inquiries for all victims who reside locally. Those victims include: Somi Adenen, Ablavi Aguekou, Ahoefa Amah, Dede Amevor, Vida Anagblah, Awa Fofana, Sefakor Kassa, Cecile Kossi, Akua Kponge, Bella Messiga, Kafui Songoh, and Aminye Xedagbui. Defendants shall secure a neutral location and the parties shall agree upon a date on which the victims are to be produced.
For those victims who reside outside of the tri-state area -- Ata Anfo, Bienvenue Awator, Anna Hounakey, Bella Hounakey, Kafui Hounakey, Sromawuda Xedagbui, Rose Seglah, and Ameyo Adjakpo -- Defendants shall direct any inquiries to the victims' respective advocates. Contact information for each advocate can be found in the Government's April 22, 2009 letter.
Finally, as to Ms. Adjei and Ms. Hounakey, those witnesses shall be produced to the Court on May 6, 2009 at 2 PM for an in camera proceeding to determine whether they are willing to participate in defense interviews, and if so, whether they request counsel.
© 1992-2009 VersusLaw Inc.