YESTERDAY, AN AMERICAN woman who alleged to have been kidnapped by some unidentified men upon her arrival in Liberia is appealing for a speedy dispensation of justice so that she can once again connect with her family in the United States.
CHRISTINA ANDRIANOPOULOS WANTS the country to decide in the case involving her and the Ministry of Justice to be speedily handled so that she can return home after going through such trauma caused by her alleged kidnappers in Liberia.
BASED ON HER recent testimony that she was kidnapped by some men upon her arrival in Liberia on Sunday, September 23, 2012, the court is holding Madam Andrianopoulos as a person of interest and demanding a deposit statement before she can be permitted to leave the country.
THE GOVERNMENT OF Liberia through the Ministry of Justice wants Christina Andrianopoulos to serve as material witness for the state as her testimony will greatly help in determining what happened to her in Liberia.
IN AN INTERVIEW yesterday, Madam Andrianopoulos said she was detained by the Ministry of Justice after she successfully escaped from the hands of her kidnappers and has been in police custody since then while she goes through the trauma.
SHE SAID HER passport is still with the Ministry of Justice officials which she is expected to receive today to enable her travel back home to her family. Though the Ministry of Information stated that Christina was arrested, she has denied ever being arrested but was held to serve as state witness in the case.
WHAT MAKES THIS case very interesting is that Liberia as a country is not noted for such practice of 'KIDNAPPING'. This could be the first time for such ugly situation to have allegedly occurred to a sister from our closed ally, the United States of America.
IF MADAM CHRISTINA Andrianopoulos was truly kidnapped, then such must be condemned by everyone because the act is barbaric and uncivilized. This has drawn our attention and as such, we are very concerned about the issue.
WHAT IS MOST important now is that the Ministry of Justice and the court must expedite the process to enable us know what actually occurred on that fateful Sunday when Madam Andrianopoulos arrived in Liberia.
THE SITUATION STANDS to tarnish Liberia's image cognizant of the fact that the country is just emerging from a devastating civil conflict and needs more investors to rebuild this war-torn country. If news of kidnaps and other criminal activities are emerging, it will definitely scare away investors who have developed interest in investing their millions of dollars in the country.
THAT IS WHY we are joining Madam Andrianopoulos in calling for a speedy justice into the case so that Liberians can know what is actually happening in their country and that this lady can once again be connected with her family in the United States.
MOST IMPORTANTLY, LET justice be done in this case so that if Madam Andrianopoulos was actually kidnapped, we will know why she was kidnapped and who the doers of the act are so that this does not cast slur on the country's image.