31 January 2013

Liberia: Not Stranded in Monrovia - Grand Kru County Attorney Denies Media Report

Reports that the Grand Kru County Attorney Daniel T-Kay Dweh is stranded in Monrovia, unable to return to the county as a result of no vehicle assigned to him by the Justice Ministry, has been denied with the lawyer announcing a lawsuit against the media entity.

"I am not stranded. I will never be stranded. I came purposely in Monrovia to take part in a workshop.

Immediately after that workshop, I am going back to Grand Kru, so why should you say that I am stranded without consulting me to find out my reason of being here," he said.

Recently, the New Nation Newspaper published an article alleging that the County Attorney for Grand Kru is stranded in Monrovia because he is assigned no vehicle and he has none to carry him to the county.

But he told this paper over the weekend, that the report is "a blatant lie and a mere character assignation" and that he was "shocked" when he read the report.

"I want to categorically reject that story. There is no time that I have granted interview to any newspaper or the New Nation that I am stranded here in Monrovia.

"I am here to attend a workshop along with my colleagues from other counties. There is an UNMIL helicopter that is available to fly me back to Grand Kru at any time, so why should someone say that I am stranded without contacting me. Why should I be stranded to go to my county, even if I am not working, I can still transport myself to that county," he said.

Dweh noted that the Ministry of Justice pays him well and as such, it would be ridiculous for one to say that he is stranded to get back on his official duties in the county.

"This publication is intended to damage my reputation. There are individuals who are not happy with my job, so they are doing everything possible to damage me," he claimed.

He called on the newspaper to retract their story or risk being sued for libel and character assassination.

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