27 August 2014

Liberia: Ex-Soldier Who Says He Helped Ellen Escape Doe Threatens Lawsuit

Monrovia — It appears President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has many critics who do not only want her resigning her post as president, but are also calling for her to face the International court of justice for alleged crimes against humanity.

Mr. Joe Scott in his 80s claimed to be a former soldier of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) and according to him, he was one of the masterminds behind the escape of President Sirleaf from Prison after she was held captive by President Samuel Doe.

Old man Scott told newsmen that he was the guard assigned to provide security for Sirleaf when she was taken to Bella Yalla prison, and he resisted many attempts by the late Harrison Pelham whom he said wanted to have Sirleaf dead. Scott said due to his refusal, Pelham killed his (Scott) wife.

Scott, who could not pronounce the last name of President Sirleaf properly either because of his age or because something about the story was telling reporters might not have been true said he joined the army in 1961and was among those soldiers who were sent to the Congo on peace keeping Mission.

"I along with the Late Henry Dubah dressed President Sirleaf like a man and escaped with her in the night and carried her to the Methodist compound because Pelham wanted to kill her. I sacrificed my wife, but since she escaped and came back and became president one day she had not called me and say thank you and worst of all she disbanded us from the army without benefits," Scott said.

In further anger against Sirleaf, Scott claimed that the late Shaki Kamara, who died recently in West Point as a result of gunshot wounds was the son of his relative whose name he could not call.

He accused President Sirleaf and her Defense Minister Brownie Samukai of always inflicting pains on peaceful and unarmed citizens, for the death of his relative son and has promised to sue President Sirleaf to the war crimes court but could not say how he intends to do it.

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