The New Dawn (Monrovia)

14 April 2014

Liberia: Protest Awaits Urey

Photo: FrontPage Africa
Benoni Urey on the campaign trail for the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (file photo).

A group of youths under the banner of "Campaigners for Justice Inc." has threatened a protest action against presidential hopeful, Mr. Benoni Urey of the National Patriotic Party, (NPP) for his alleged link to the murder of Saye Lamin some time back in 2007.

The group indicates in no uncertain terms that any attempt by Mr. Urey to continue to resist justice for little Lamin will leave them with no option but to barricade the offices of Mr. Urey at Love Fm, and his residence in Careysburg on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 and peacefully escort Mr. Urey to the nearest police station to give his statement to aid investigators.

The group at a news conference in Clara Town, a suburb of Monrovia on Sunday said, in a prepared statement that in the midst of national hardship in 2007, a promising young man of 16 years, Saye Lamin who went searching for job on Mr. Urey's farm, was said to have died by drowning in one of Mr. Urey's three luxurious swimming pools.

Reading the statement on behalf of his colleagues, Gaiyeizohn Davis noted that Saye Lamin corps was hastily buried without an autopsy, even though there were cuts to the rights side of his face, serious bruises to his arm and unexplained marks on his chest suggesting he died after a period of struggle at the hands of assailants, rather than drowning.

"Campaigners for Justice note with great discomfort that since this incident was brought to light by former speaker of the Liberian Legislature, Mr. Edwin Melvin Snowe in 2007, the attention of the media was only focused on the assassination plot against his own life that Representative Snowe revealed rather than the account of the death of little Lamin that he exposed," the group said.

Mr. Davis said there was a need to reopen the alleged murder file. He stressed, most inhumanely, young Lamin was never given a befitting burial.

"This tragedy that prematurely disrupted the life of a potential future of our country requires all of us to summon the courage to bring the facts to the surface and demand justice. As a first step, the group will do what Mr. Urey fought to prevent, give little Lamin a befitting symbolic burial and seek a final resolution of the facts leading to his untimely death," he added.

Meanwhile, when the spokesman of Urey for President was contacted via mobile phone, Mr. Emmanuel Lomax said, termed the action of the group as a calculated ploy by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to drag the characters of Mr. Urey in the political mud.

He explained, since the pronouncement of Mr. Urey that the president was insensitive to the plight of the Liberian People; the president is using every available means to get back at Mr. Urey.

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