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13 Guilty of Mercenary Charge

first_imgAfter hours of deliberations, the jury of Criminal Court ‘D’ on Tuesday, June 10, handed down a unanimous guilty verdict against 13 men charged with Mercenarism.In their unanimous guilty verdict, the jurors established that prosecution’s evidence was overwhelming to pronounce a guilty verdict against the defendants.They are expected to be sentenced to prison on June 17 by Judge Emery Paye of Criminal Court ‘D.’Minutes after the verdict was handed down, the grounds of the Temple of Justice turned into scene of mourning. People believed to be family members and sympathizers of the defendants bitterly crying.A woman believed to be a family member of one of the guilty party suddenly fainted and fell, claiming the attention of other relatives who quickly moved in with cold water to pour on her.Some of them were heard saying, “There is no justice in this country. We are going to use every available means for our people to gain their freedom.”The angry crowd almost physically attacked the jurors outside the court.The group tried to block the entrance of the courtroom; but their plan did not materialize owing to the intervention of officers of the Police Support Unit (PSU) of the Liberia National Police (LNP) and their UNMIL counterparts. The heavily armed officers quickly barricaded the entire perimeter of the Temple of Justice. The officers deployed at the Court made every effort to prevent people from entering the courtroom. That situation almost resulted into chaos but was quickly brought under control through the intervention of some lawyers and court staffers.Case Summary The men were tried under Liberia’s 1976 law against “mercenarism,” which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.They are expected to be sentenced to prison on June 17 by Judge Emery Paye of Criminal Court ‘D.’Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) The defendants were indicted in 2011 for allegedly carrying out cross border raid in neighboring Côte d’Ivoire where several people, including seven United Nations peacekeepers, were killed.In the indictment, government alleged that the defendants were trained in the Thai Forest in Grand Gedeh County, where they launched a crossed border attack into Côte d’Ivoire.Defendants denied the allegation, thereby shifting the burden of proof on the prosecution. The trial began in earnest on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, with eighteen Liberians accused of taking part in a cross-border raid in neighboring Côte d’Ivoire appearing briefly under tight security in Criminal Court ‘D’.At that hearing, the handcuffed men in the docket pleaded not guilty for the second time to the charge when it was read to them in open court by the clerk of court. The men had first appeared in February, but the case was postponed for one month after they stormed the courtroom, destroying property and behaving violently to express their dissatisfaction over the slow pace of the case.Shortly after the case was first heard, it was suspended by Judge Yussif Kaba on claims of juror bribery. The trial was then postponed to Thursday, March 13, by Judge Emery Paye.During the four-month trial, prosecution produced 11 witnesses with seven rebuttal witnesses, while the defense team paraded 13 witnesses with 3 rebuttal witnesses.On Friday, May 9, Criminal Court “D” at the Temple of Justice released five of the 18, having established the fact that of government’s 11 witnesses who had testified throughout the proceedings, none mentioned their names or linked any of them to the crime.In that ruling, Judge Emery Paye praised the prosecution team for showing “a mark of professionalism,” after lawyers for the State admitted failure to establish the connection of the five to the commission of the crime of mercenarism in that neighboring republic.Delivering the Court’s decision on the plea, Judge Emery Paye declared that “defendants Timothy Barlee, Fred Chelly, Christopher Larkpeh, Junior Gelor and Emmanuel Pewee’s, plea is hereby granted.” Two other defendants’, whose names had also not been mentioned by witnesses, were submitted for release by the defense; but Judge Paye denied their request since they had already voluntarily confessed to the crime.BackgroundIt is alleged that the men joined Ivorian fighters, who attacked villages in Côte d’Ivoire, killing civilians, destroying homes and displacing thousands between 2010 and 2011.They were also accused of being responsible for the deaths of seven Nigerian United Nations peacekeepers in the Southeastern part of that country. State prosecutors said evidence in their possession included arms and ammunition along with audio and video footage of meetings attended by the accused.The crisis in Côte d’Ivoire erupted after the former President, Laurent Gbagbo, refused to leave office after losing the 2010 presidential and general elections to current leader Alassane Ouattara.Tens-of-thousands Ivorian refugees fled into Liberia, as did an unknown number of combatants.   The Liberian authorities have described the accused as “the lowest of human characteristics in volunteering to kill, destroy and commit criminal acts in exchange for adequate payment”.last_img read more

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UK Ahmadiyya Muslim Association Donates 10,000 British Pounds to Fight Ebola in Liberia

first_imgThe Ahmadiyya Muslim Association in the United Kingdom has donated two checks totaling ten thousand British Pounds (£10,000.00) to assist the Liberian Government in its  fight against the spread of the deadly EBOLA virus in Liberia.The money is intended to purchase essential medical supplies and protective gears for medical practitioners who have dedicated their time and efforts in the fight against the Ebola virus.Making the presentation at a special ceremony in London over the weekend, the national president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association in the United Kingdom, Rafiq Hayat   noted that the health situation in Liberia is of grave concern to his association, especially at a time when the country is undertaking a massive rebuilding process.According to a dispatch from Minister Counselor Anthony K. Selmah of the Liberian Embassy’s Public Affairs section in London, Mr, Hayat said the amount is his association’s initial contribution and efforts  being made to galvanize more support from other Ahmadiyya communities.The checks were presented to Ambassador Rudolf von Ballmoos, who subsequently turned them over to a representative of the Liberia Medical and Dental Association in the United Kingdom, Dr. Kokulo Waiwaiku, and the president of the Union of Liberian Organizations in the United Kingdom, Prince Taylor.The associations have already commenced the purchase of intended medical supplies which will soon be airlifted to Liberia.The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community currently operates an 11-bedroom  health center in Tubmanburg, Bomi County, which was constructed in 2007 at the cost of $US70, 000.00 to buttress government’s health care delivery system. The clinic was dedicated by Vice President Joseph N. Boakai.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Chief Justice Lewis One of Liberia’s Greatest Minds of the Century

first_imgAssociate Justice Philip A.Z. Banks of the Supreme Court,  delivering the eulogy on behalf of the Liberian Judiciary at the funeral service yesterday of former Chief Justice Johnnie N. Lewis, described him as “ one of the  land’s greatest minds of the century.” The funeral service held at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion in Monrovia was attended by an array of dignitaries and people of all walks of life led by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.Associate Justice Banks in his tribute described Chief Justice Lewis as a man who had great passion and love for the law and wanted everybody to be accorded due process and justice.“He was a brilliant man who loved the law,” said Justice Banks.  The virtues that mattered most to the Supreme Court were his knowledge of the law, his commitment to the law and his achievement of justice.“We heard of his achievements and the brilliant work we know that he did. That was because of his love for the law,” Justice Banks emphasized.“When he criticized the manner in which people were practicing the law that was because of his love for it.”“It is because of the love he had for the law that made him as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court to challenge the manner in which the former Speaker of the House of Representatives and electoral District# 6 of Montserrado County, Rep. Edwin Snowe, was removed from that position by his colleagues in the 52nd National Legislature.”“It was also based on his love of the law that the Supreme Court decided to invalidate the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC),” adding “It was not because there was no substantive merit in it, but it lacked the core elements of the fundamentals of the law, which provide that a person should be presumed innocent unless they have gone through the due process of law and they should not be condemned.” “It was his love of the law that caused him to ensure that the judiciary worked independently of the other two branches of government,” Associate Justice Banks declared.“It was because of his love for the law that made him to walk from his fourth floor office at the Temple of Justice to courtrooms to make sure that cases were heard and justice was carried out.” Justice Banks said he was honored to eulogize Chief Justice Lewis as Cllr. Johnnie Lewis, professor, judge and chief justice.  “He was my friend, a longtime mentor, and a mentor and friend to many of you.”Reflecting on his long and close association with the deceased, Justice Banks recalled that they were students at the Louis Arthur Grimes Law School, at the University of Liberia.  They also held a partnership, the Banks and Lewis Law Firm.“We both worked during the interim government of Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, where he served as legal advisor and I was then Minister of Justice and Attorney General.”“We attended the same law school, the Yale University in the United States of America,” said Justice Banks. “I realized in this great brain of his was a love for the law.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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LAC Defenders Win July 26th Friendly

first_imgThe 2-1 loss of Terminators FC of APM Terminals last Sunday against LAC Defenders FC in Grand Bassa County in a friendly soccer match revealed one thing to the visitors: the ability to play as a team.This was more so after LAC Defenders’ inside right Saygon John pushed his men forward with repeated harassment in the visitors’ defensive zone that caused goalkeeper Lawrence Washington more troubles as his right back Magako Kumeh and left back Benedict Teah struggled to find their rhythm.Though coach Joseph Sion, known during his playing days as Kofi Bruce, had plotted a strategy to bring the visitors down, which eventually came through Saygon John in the 25th minute when goalie Washington failed to grab his shot the first time, enabling the striker hit the back of the net with the goalie completely stranded, it was apparent that some level of fatigue had worked against Terminators FC.“We rode from Monrovia direct to LAC about 4 hours,” said an official of Terminators FC, “and we went right on the pitch to honor the match.” It was initially seen when hard-running striker Nicholas Sieh fumbled on his first ball, coupled with a rough pitch that made his ball control difficult. The initial exchanges did not give any problems to the home team in this half, as they hunted for goals that kept goalkeeper Washington busy.With 1-0 lead, the home team did not look back and pressed on their attacks. In their drive, left winger Lucretius Victor, inside left Saygon John, center forward Tengbeh Tambah and right winger Christer Bestman were having a field day.With their teeming fans cheering them in this half, they probed for goals that the visitors struggled to deny them. There were few flashes of seriousness from the visitors but they had to wait in the second half to draw the crowd on their side. The home team led the first half 1-0.Back from recess, LAC Defenders kept on the pressure and in the 48th minute, Terminator FC’s goalkeeper Washington could not decide whether to rush on a ball or not, allowing LAC Defender’s left winger Lucretius Victor an easy job when he lobbed the ball over his head to increase the tally to 2-0.The visitors began a new pattern of play, following the replacement of goalie Washington with ‘Chinese Goalie’ Jonathan Dambo. Initial strikes from the home team found a wall in Dambo and his performance gave his team-mate some confidence.Striker Nicholas Sieh played a supportive role, covering up when it was necessary on several fronts with assistance from inside left John Mayson, center forward Jumah Kollie and diminutive player Dakina Pederson. With their opponents resorting to man to man passes that delighted the crowd, LAC Defenders had to work overtime to prevent any damage as they were very often caught off guard but it was the visitors’ John Mason who scored the consolation goal in the 67th minute. It became apparent that the team had been rejuvenated, as the home crowd cheered every move the visitors made.But it was the home team, despite the difficulty to reorganize their attacks that got a goal that was cancelled because it was scored from an offside position as the game wore on. And from here it was the visitors that dictated the pace of the game when it was too late as the game was brought to the end by the central referee in a match that was played in celebration of July 26.APM Terminals (The Terminators FC): L. Washington (J. Dambo), Makago Kumeh, Benedict Teah, Sarr Bonner, Jeremiah Cole, Roland Coleman, Nicholas Sieh, John Mayson, Jumah Kollie, Oliver Kun, Dakina Pederson, Pepsi Carter, Jacob Dorbor, Rufus Doe.LAC Defenders: Cartlon Gray, Francis Kollie, Terrence Mulbah, Fayiah Saah, Emmanuel Gleh, Joeboy Halloway, Christer Bestman, Emmanuel Thomas, Tengbeh Tamba, Luc Victor, Saygon John.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Mother Lake Laid to Rest in Duata

first_imgThe mortal remains of the late Ma Nyamah Martha Bwayou Lake was on Saturday May 23, laid to rest in her native village of Duata, a stone throw from her uncle’s village, Blameyea in Jorquelleh Administrative District #2 in Bong County.Ma Nyamah Martha Bwayou Lake was the niece to long serving Paramount Chief of Jorquelleh Chiefdom and former Representative of Bong County Barsee Kpangbai.She was born unto the union of Mr. Barkollie Bwayou and Ni Tonwon Bwayou on July 27, 1925, in a little farming community of Duata situated north of Gbarnga.How did she meet Rev. J. David Lake Sr?The Rev. J. David Lake, a classroom teacher, was teaching at the Muhlenberg Lutheran Mission in Millsburg, Monsterrado County and in the 1930s he was transferred to the Lutheran Mission in Zorzor, Lofa County.Rev. Lake later moved to Gbarnga, Bong County central Liberia and because of his fluent English, coupled with his clear writing skills, he became clerk to the influential Paramount Chief, the late Barsee Kpangbai, uncle of the late Ma Nyamah Bwayou Lake.Ma Nyamah Bwayou, from a subsistence farming family of Duata, was joined in holy matrimony to Rev. David Lake in 1941, which the union was blessed with nine children. The couple later moved to Suakoko town in Suakoko District and settled there permanently. There was no reason provided for their migration, but it is believed that it was because the town was the central location on the main Monrovia—Gbarnga highway.It was also learned that Pastor Lake provided a home and education for his wife since indeed she could not read and write.Pastor Lake was born on Water Street in the settlement of Harrisburg, Monsterrado County on June 30, 1909 unto the union of Mr. and Mrs. Alice Lake. His grandparents were Charlie and Georgiana Hayes of Harrisburg who migrated to Liberia from the United States.Rev. Lake served in capacities such as County Surveyor for Bong, worked with the Government Farm now the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI) as an entomologist. Ma Nyamah Bwayou Lake was a devout Christian and helped to educate several children whose parents were not financially able to send their children to school.Her children include Joan Allegra Lake Nathan, Rose-Marie Lake Cummings, Dr. Sodey C. Lake assigned at the Jackson F. Doe Memorial Hospital in Tappita, Nimba County, Dee-Zoe Lake, National Social Security and Welfare Corporation, Dardhe M. Lake, Julie S. Lake, Korto G. Lake, and J. David Lake Jr., with 25 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.The funeral service was attended by former Deputy Minister for Operations at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ranney B. Jackson, and Bong County Superintendent, Selena Polson Mappy, among others.The funeral service was held at the St Mark’s Lutheran Church in Gbarnga, Bong County.Meanwhile, the Pastor in his funeral discourse admonished the surviving Lake family members to stick together, adding that in union strong, success is sure.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Thanksgiving Day Preachers Emphasize Forgiveness and Gratitude

first_imgTwo Liberian clergymen have emphasized forgiveness and gratitude as virtues that Christians need to adapt to in their daily living.Rev. Dr. George W. Zorbah and Rt. Rev. John Kunkun in their separate statements on this year’s Thanksgiving Day in Monrovia, said for God’s intervention to come to Liberia, Liberians must learn to live by these virtues because God instructed His followers to show gratitude and forgiveness.Rev/Dr. Zorbah, who serves as president of the National Grass Root Pastors Association, spoke first and stressed that many Liberians, though claiming to be Christians, find it difficult to forgive their compatriots.Liberia’s unforgiving culture, he said, is leading some to call for the establishment of a war crime court in the country, which would only target certain people, leaving out many more.According to him, the Liberia war was fought by all Liberians, directly or indirectly, stressing that those who did not take up arms to fight supported fighters to kill other Liberians.Biblically backing his statement, Rev. Zorbah said Jesus Christ, to whom Christians pray, urged his followers to forgive 70 times seven times, which according to him, makes forgiveness to be infinite.Regarding “justice,” he said the Christian bible stresses it to be acceptable to God. He said justice is also forgiveness because if one does wrong and seeks pardon from the victim, the victim needs to demonstrate forgiveness as Jesus prayed, “… forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”He said many Liberians were glad to see former Liberian President Charles Taylor incarcerated in the United Kingdom following his trial in The Hague, yet, they have made no changes in their own lives since Taylor was incarcerated.He said the unforgiving spirit in Liberia is a curse that could serve as a driving force to the prevalence of catastrophe diseases including Ebola, noting, “Liberians claim to be Christians, but they are so wicked and envious. This is what sparks up God’s anger to punish people with plagues.”For Rt. Rev. Kunkun of the City of Light Church of God, the need to show gratitude to people when they do good cannot be over emphasized.Citing an encounter Jesus had with the ten lepers, Rev. Kunkun said that among them only one person returned to thank Jesus.Comparing it with the attitudes of Liberians, he said they are good at complaining and seeking favor, but when favor is shown them, they quickly forget those who have met their needs.“Liberians are good at seeking God’s intervention in times of crisis, but when the crisis is over, they draw far away from God and engage in things that will please their bodies. During the Ebola crisis, they were much close to God and promised to always serve Him, but as Ebola is gone now, churches are no longer packed as they used to be,” he said.He said showing gratitude brings “wholeness,” adding that for wholeness to come “upon Liberia,” citizens must learn to appreciate what God has done for them before asking for future needs.He also called on Liberians to show gratitude to people who show them favor, stressing that it serves as encouragement for them that are fond of well-doing.Meanwhile, the National Thanksgiving service held at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion in Monrovia yesterday was specially organized to memorialize Ebola victims.Clergymen and members of their congregations used this year’s Thanksgiving Day to express gratitude to God and pray for the government, neighboring countries and Ebola survivors.Yesterday’s ceremony attracted government officials, among them Vice President and Mrs. Joseph N. Boakai, Senators Jewel Howard Taylor and Prince Johnson, Acting Foreign Minister Elias Shinoyin, a representative of the Muslim community and Christians from various denominations. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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SKD Community Tackles Drainage

first_imgThirty two chiefs – at least two from each Liberia’s 16 ethnic groups – in the Samuel K. Doe Community and its environs have collaborated with the youths to embark on a week-long clean-up campaign of drainages in five slum communities around District # 14, Montserrado County.The communities have been suffering from foul smell of revolting drains owing to the lack of financial and logistical supports, community leaders said.The Council of Tribal Chiefs in the SKD Community initiated the long overdue project with support from the Kerkula Momomuka Kamara Foundation, a humanitarian organization, which provides relief to poor communities in Montserrado County District # 14. The theme of the gutter cleaning project was “Operation Clean the Doe Community.”Youth President Pedro R. Vaye named the affected drainage areas as “around the Kpelle Mansion, Bassa Town, the football field and Freeport areas as well as thick bushes along the road in Central SKD Community.The fetid muddy drains are breeding sites for flies, mosquitoes and other disease carrying insects and a source of irritation and embarrassment, residents told the Daily Observer.Dozens of wheelbarrows, rakes, shovels and rain boots as well as face-masks and gloves; including five 25Kg bags of rice were turned over to the leadership of the Council of Traditional Chiefs for the cleanup project.The drains also absorbed feces and garbage of all sorts from the community all year round, residents said.The chairman of the Council of Tribal Chiefs, Elder Abubakar Turay, said about 30 youthsare expected to participate in cleaning of the drains and called on other residents to emulate Mr. Kamara, affectionately called Momomuka or Muka to clean the community.“We are glad that Muka is helping us to clean the drains which pose a serious health hazard to the communities,” Elder Turay said.The project, he said, is the first of its kind since the outbreak of the Ebola virus. He expressed the hope that Muka would make the project inclusive with the cleaning-up on a regular basis on food-for-work.Prince Toe, a staff of the Kerkula Momomuka Kamara Foundation, said the clean-up of the drains is one of several projects, pointing out the construction of a youth center, identifying with the disabled and the Muslim Community during Ramadan.In an interview with Mr. Kamara, who was not at the turning over ceremony of tools and food, he challenged the youths from the communities to keep the gutters clean at all times.”He admonished residents to stop dumping garbage into the gutters and to ensure that the drains are clean to support good health in the community.“Your efforts will demonstrate how much our community means to us,” he said and encouraged the workers to carry out the clean-up campaign and keep their environment clean.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Man, 22, Found Dead in Bassa Town

first_imgArchie Howard, 22, of LPRC-Chicken Soup Factory Bassa Town Community near Monrovia was found dead yesterday morning outside the neighborhood, family sources said.There were no physical marks on his body, the family said, but explained that Howard was involved in a fistfight with a man identified only as Joe.“Howard arrived home to meet confusion between two neighbors and he said he would have stabbed someone if he were involved in the conflict,” a female eyewitness said.She said neighbors complained about his remark since he was not part of whatever was going on.When the man identified as Joe heard what Howard had said, he got angry and turned his anger on Howard, insulting him.“It was then that Howard pulled out a knife that he had on him, and during a scuffle, stabbed Joe,” an eyewitness said.She said Joe fell to the ground shouting that he had been stabbed, and Howard took off, fleeing the area. Neighbors took Joe to a nearby clinic where he was treated.But around 1a.m., someone raised an alarm that a body had been found near the community.“When people went to find out, they were shocked to find Archie Howard’s body, foaming at the mouth,” the eyewitness said. “Many people claimed that he had been electrocuted, but others denied it.”Nearby police officers were alerted and they visited the scene and started their investigations.Archie Howard, according to his grandmother, Margaret Cooper, lived nearby and rode a motorbike for a living. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Criminal Court Frustrates FIBank Lawyers

first_imgArguments pushed by lawyers representing First International Bank (FIB) to have ten former employees now facing US$4m theft charges to remain in prison until they were ready to try them were yesterday ignored by Criminal Court C.The lawyers were lobbying with Judge Peter Gbeneweleh to agree to have the defendants remain behind bars for fear that the defendants who had earlier jumped bail could leave the country if they were not detained.Judge Gbeneweleh, after listening to their arguments yesterday declared, “We are not interested just to detain people because of bond, we are here to prosecute people to know whether or not they committed the crimes of which they are accused.”Judge Gbeneweleh warned the defense team, “I will not approve of any more bonds, and if you were to take me to the Supreme Court, I would tell them that I am tired of approving bond for defendants who on bail refuse to reappear for their trial,”At yesterday’s hearing only four of the ten defendants were present in the courtroom while the six others, who were not in court, were represented by their legal team.It was not clear why the six defendants did not appear in court yesterday to commence with the case. Judge Gbeneweleh warned all counsels and parties that were present “to ensure the appearance of their respective clients on Wednesday, September 2, at 9:00 am. The failure of any defendant whose counsels are present and they are not in court, would leave the court with no alternative but to arrest and detain the said defendants until the case is completely resolved.”Gbeneweleh’s decision followed the defense team whose clients were not present in court and as a result postponed the case for an additional day at which time they would have appeared in court.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Huge ‘Counterfeit Drugs’ Seized at Ganta Border

first_imgThe Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in collaboration with other security agencies at the Ganta border in Nimba County on Friday, August 28, seized a huge consignment of medicines from a truck belonging to a Guinean identified as Suah Bility.The consignment was immediately turned over to the Liberia Medical and Dentist Council (LMDC), who has sole responsibility to scrutinize any medical-related supplies to determine whether the items are counterfeits or not.At the turning over, the Regional Director of the LMDC, Joseph Coleman, described all of the drugs as “counterfeits.”The ‘counterfeit drugs’, Director Coleman said, lacked many things, including trademarks, manufacture dates, and expiration dates, etc.“Besides the Roberts International Airport and Freeport of Monrovia, drugs entering through any other port of entry will be checked or validated,” he said.Mr. Coleman said before any drug enters the country, the importer has to present a document that will give the name of the pharmaceutical company that manufactured them, whether the company is accredited by legitimate government or authority to manufacture such items or whether such medicial items are also accredited by the World Health Organization (WHO).He continued, “If it is done, sample of the drugs will be sent to the Liberia Medical Board for testing before the decision to allow or not to allow such product is taken by Ministry of Health.”He said it is only at the two locations (RIA/Freeport) that the necessary equipment to test drugs, but said drugs entering outside of these two facilities are considered counterfeits or contrabands.“Liberia has equipment that can check all medical drugs entering the country and these equipment will establish the quality, the country in which the drugs were produced, and the trade marks as well as the pharmaceutical company that produced the drugs,” he added.“If we find out that the drugs are not valuable for human comsuption or has any side effect on patients, we will be able to trace the manufacturer, but in the case of these drugs, we do not have documentation to trace if they cause any harm,” he explained.The drugs seized included, tablets of various kinds, eye drops, suspensions of all kinds, cough candies, etc.The owners of the drugs were not present during the press conference.However, the consignment was turned over to Mr. Coleman, who later loaded them onboard a Health Ministry pickup for delivery in Monrovia.Some residents meanwhile expressed reservations as to why the seized drugs should leave Nimba County for Monrovia under the guise of investigation when the alleged crime was committed in the county.In reaction, Mr. Coleman said to charge those allegedly connected to the importation of the drugs is the responsibility of the security, not the MOH.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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