30 November 2012

Liberia: Law Suit Awaits LNP

A former inspector of the Liberia National Police has threatened legal action against the current administration of the Police if it fails to settle his 15-month salary arrears in the amount of over US$2,000.

Mr. Abraham Duplay claimed that he worked for the LNP for over 15 years before he was suspended for time indefinite by the Beatrice Munah Sieh Brown administration.

He said the Police administrative action was instituted against him after Criminal Court "A" cleared him of the charge of terroristic threat in May 2008 and further instructed the LNP authority to have him reinstated and immunities restored.

Mr. Duplay said although the LNP current administration was acknowledged of his plight, it has also failed to honor the court's order and has deprived him of his pay.

He said he was now impatient to pursue legal action against the police administration at the Supreme Court as he has been threatened dismissal whenever he goes at the LNP headquarters to request payment of his salary.

The Ministry of Justice on October 9, 2012 wrote Police Director Chris Massaquoi asking him to probe into the claim of Mr. Duplay for redress, but the order from the Justice Ministry is yet to be adhered to.

"Presently now I can tell you I am stranded; my mother is ill and I am feeling very hurt," former police inspector expresses grief as he pleaded with the Attorney General to do more in resolving the matter.

He continues in an angry mood, "I don't want to take the path of other people who will want to go in the street to raise tension because of their anger, No!"

Mr. Duplay claimed he served in various capacities ranging from deputy chief of special investigation at the crime services division to acting chief of theft, among others with clean record during his active service at the LNP.

He alleged the Police are inconsistent with the Law as evident by their failure to settle his salary arrears after working as a senior LNP officer for more than 15 years.

He said he never worked for the police as a volunteer, but needed to be paid as provided for by the law, threatening that he will use the Supreme Court to seek justice.

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