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Liberia: CDC Lawmaker Cautions Against Selective Justice, Weighs in On Corkrum Saga

Representative Moses Acarous Gray (CDC-District#8 -Montserrado County) has accused the Liberia justice system of instituting selective justice in the country.

Gray said his comment is in relations to the ongoing court trial of Mr. Jefferson Koijee, youth chairman of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) for his comments against some officials of government where he alleged that they were behind plans to assassinate the President of Liberia.

In October of this year Mr. Koijee alleged that Defense Minister Brownie Smukai, Mr. Musa Bility and others were planning to assassinate president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf upon her return from the United States of America where she had gone to attend the UN general Assembly.

His statement led to the government ordering his arrest on grounds that his comments had some national security implication and he needed to answer to questions about what prompted his statement and at the same time provide evidence.

Weeks after the statement was release the Party (CDC) political leader Ambassador George Weah condemned the statements made by his party's youth chair and described it as reckless. Weah did not only condemn Koijee's comments, he also condemned people calling for the resignation of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf headed by the CDC vice chairman Mr. Mulbah Morlu.

At a news conference Tuesday at his capitol building office Representative Gray said, similar comments made by Koijee have been made by some prominent individuals and politicians in Liberia but nothing was done to them.

He referenced comments made by former Justice Minister Cllr. Francis Johnson Morris when she accused the opposition of undermining the peace and being behind a group called the ISAKABA boys (known for carrying out armed robberies in the country), he also said, Defense minister Samukai accused a company of bringing into the country mercenaries something he said is tantamount to national security breach but nothing was also done to him.

Said Gray: "Cllr. Brumskine is on record for saying that the current government hired people to have him eliminated, nobody went after him, senator Prince Johnson accused the CDC of wanting to overthrow the government nobody went after him but this government took the courage to go after little Jefferson Koijee. This is not fair, it undermines the government credibility especially the executive."

Speaking on the ongoing Ellen Corkrum secret recording Saga he said, recordings in the possession of Corkrum are damaging and warned that it should not be overlooked.

He accused government of spending huge amount of money on what he called public relations to defend the government over the Corkrum saga an amount he said could be used to pay school fees for struggling students in Liberia.

The lawmaker commended the leadership of the National Legislature for its decision to investigate the Corkrum Saga and called on President Sirleaf to take the courage to dismiss all those involved in the Corkrum saga.

"From the nationwide address made by the president which I listened to today, if the President says Ellen Corkrum is a criminal then what is she doing about one of her best friend who facilitated the escape of Corkrum from Liberia," said Gray, in an apparent reference to Police Director Chris Massaquoi who was secretly-taped by Corkrum and her fiance, Melvin Johnson reportedly offering the pair advice on how to flee the country.

Gray continued: "I also listened to people saying she is hiding behind the recording to buy sympathy because she is not a Liberian; if that is true than I say the President breached our laws by hiring a foreign national."

The CDC lawmaker described as a paradoxical argument by some Liberians especially presidential spokespersons that Corkrum is hiding under her American Citizenship.

Meanwhile the District Eight Montserrado County Representative has promised to draft a Bill that will transform the Information ministry into another agency because according to him it has no relevance.

He described the current Information Minister as the wrong messenger to carry the message to the Liberian people because according to him Minister Lewis Brown is on record for criticizing the president as far as accusing her of desecrating the Executive Mansion (the seat of the President).

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