The New Dawn (Monrovia)

19 July 2012

Liberia: Grand Gedean Alarms Over Citizens' Arrest

A US-based Grand Gedean, Gibson W. Jerue is claiming that external forces are exerting enormous pressure on the Ktahn tribal group in Liberia to subdue them.

Jerue claimed that "They [Grand Gedeans] have and continue to experience un-necessary incrimination and recrimination from both government and none-state elements in Liberia.

"This has caused them not to rush to conclusion when any of their kinsmen are accused or arrested for any alleged criminal acts," said Jerue. His statement issued Wednesday comes amidst government's latest pronouncement of the arrest of three suspects of interest to the Liberian-Ivorian border conflict.

"In less than 24 hours, we have learned that the Government of Liberia has arrested three people, said to be "people of interest" in the [recent] shooting at the Liberia-ivory Coast border that led to the murder of seven UN peacekeepers and two Ivorian security personnel," Mr. Jerue noted.

He called on the Liberian Government to ensure that Neezee Barway (CKA Joseph Dweh), Morris K. Cole (CKA Edward K. Cole) and Isaac Taryon are speedily investigated and charged to court for prosecution.

He warned: "we do not expect the Government of Liberia to keep them in detention for more than 48 hours without being formally charged and/or indicted for prosecution," as the opposite will be condemned for violation of their rights.

Jerue further said that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's administration, and UNMIL, among others would be held responsible if his kinsmen were mistreated, violated, and dehumanized for any reasons.

"Their lives will be personally required of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf," said Jerue.

Notwithstanding, Jerue has announced that he has already begun talking to lawyers to take advantage of the legal process to demand the living bodies of his kinsmen's if they were kept in jail one minute beyond the statutory period of 48 hours and not charged.

He, however, said all Grand Gedeans around the world welcome the progress being made to address the incident at the border, describing Grand Gedeans as peace-loving people interested in living their lives in peace.

"The Liberian Journalist and President of the Grand Gedeh Association in the Americas (GGAA) spoke as citizen of Grand Gedeh County and not in the capacity of the GGAA".

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