13 June 2014

Liberia: MICAT Boss - Gov't Will Work to Extradite Cockrum, Johnson

Information Minister Lewis Brown has said Government is exerting efforts to extradite to Liberia Ellen Cockrum and Melvin Johnson to answer charges of "economic sabotage and misapplication of entrusted public funds."

According to Minister Brown, Cockrum, the former Managing Director of the Liberia Airport Authority and former Judge Johnson will answer the charges levied against by the government in a court of competent jurisdiction.

He made the statement at the Ministry of Information regular press briefing held in the Charles Gbenyon Conference Hall on Thursday in Monrovia.

The Information Ministry boss said: "The Government will neither stop nor rest and that no cost is going to be too high, neither will any place be too difficult for its journey, or any challenge too great nor any effort too much in making sure that they are brought back to this country in keeping with the rule of law."

He said the Government's legal stance against Cockrum and Johnson is not based on personal hatred or because she has tapes to play; but that the Government's decision is in keeping with the rule of law, as its duty to the country and its people.

"When you break the law, no matter who you are or where you hide, we will make sure you answer in our courts," Brown stressed.

He added: "No matter your age, gender, tribe or religion, every Liberian is equal under the law, and as such, people should be judged on what you have done, not who you are."

Meanwhile, Information Minister Brown has said the Government is pleased with the guilty verdict handed down by the Criminal Court 'D' in the mercenary case involving 13 Liberians.

He said for the Government, the verdict testifies to the settled policy of the Government that not a single inch of Liberian territory will be used to plan and carry out acts of instability against a neighboring country.

According to him, the unanimous guilty verdict confirms the will of the people of Liberia to live in peace not just with themselves but with their neighbors.

He noted that the verdict confirms that "we will remain a country of laws, treat each other as equal under the rule of law, measure each other not by tribe, religion and gender, but by our respect for the rule of law."

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