The New Dawn (Monrovia)

28 June 2013

Liberia: CDC Chapters Appeal for 19 Grand Gedeans

Grand Gedeh and Nimba counties' chapters of the Congress for Democratic Change are calling on the Government of Liberia to drop all charges against 19 Grand Gedeans currently on trial for murder, rape and mercenarism, among others.

The CDC chapters said government should drop charges against the 19 accused for lack of evidence to proceed with the trial, stressing that they're not just Grand Gedeans, but citizens of Liberia whose rights must be respected under the law.

The Grand Gedeh and Nimba chapters in a joint press statement signed Nelson Korquoi, Act. Chairman, Nimba Chapter; and Ninneh Zoko Suah, Act. Chairman, Grand Gedeh Chapter, Congress for Democratic Change, praised separate efforts by Peace Ambassador George Weah, and Grand Gedeh Superintendent Peter Solo, for their positive roles in seeking justice for the 19 Liberians kept behind bars 'Without due process'.

They praised Ambassador Weah, who is also leader of the Congress for Democratic Change, for taking up the issue when he met with President Sirleaf recently in Monrovia.

The local CDC leaderships lamented the predicament of the 19 Liberians, being held outside the rule of law, and described Weah's intervention with the President as a strong indicator of his stewardship in fostering genuine peace and national reconciliation.

While appreciating their political leader, the two counties similarly applauded the exerted efforts of Grand Gedeh Superintendent Peter Solo, for championing the cause of reconciliation between their respective peoples as well as his tireless representation of his kinsmen since they were arrested.

They said though Supt. Solo was not in office during the period of arrests, he has nonetheless demonstrated unflinching support for his kinsmen, including meeting with national policymakers in pursuit of their freedom. The two chapters called on Liberians, especially Grand Gedeans, to remain united and resist all forms of division between both counties and its peoples.

Meanwhile, the two CDC county leaderships have signed a joint communiqué, pledging to work together in promoting peace in the region and the entire country. In the communiqué, the signatories avowed the importance of solidarity between the two counties and declared that the period of enmity amongst its people is long over.

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