New Democrat (Monrovia)

24 December 2012

Liberia: Ellen Pardons Minor Offenders

Pardoning 30 minor offenders from prison as part of her goodwill gesture for this year's festive season, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf last Friday rejected the prisons' clams of being misled by the devil to engage in acts that landed them at the Monrovia Central Prison.

"Stop lying on the devil because he was not the one that sent you to stealing. It was your our mind that led you to do it. No devil fooled you. Today, you should see this pardon as a way of hope for you if you are to contribute significantly to your country", she pointed out.

She said stealing people belongings was not the best way out but rather engaging in some productive activities that will provide job and help themselves.

She maintained that blaming the devil for their own act that landed them in jail for years now was false and misleading.

"Go home today and sin no more. See this chance as a hope to reorganize your lives again", the Liberian leader stressed.

The 30 pre-trial detainees that were given pardon were facing crimes ranging from simple assault to theft of property and misconduct.

Meanwhile Probation Coordinator Ali Salla revealed that 30 pre-trial detainees that were pardon by the President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf were five females and 25 males respectively.

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