Over Mysterious Deaths, MOLAC & CLACI Say, “Enough is Enough” A Call for A War Crimes Court in Liberia

For Immediate Release

Minneapolis, Minnesota, February 26, 2016 – Fellow Liberians at home and abroad, the Movement of Liberians against Corruption (MOLAC) and Concerned Liberians Against Corruption & Impunity (CLACI) are gravely alarmed by the news of the mysterious deaths and disappearances of individuals in Liberia. On Sunday, January 31, 2016, we learned with shock and regret the tragic and horrendous news of the death of Mr. Harry A. Greaves, Jr., former Managing Director of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) and former employee of the Washington Post, USA. According to news sources, Mr. Greaves was last seen at the Robert L. Johnson Hotel on the Roberts International Airport highway. His lifeless body was later discovered on the shores behind the Old Budget Bureau in Monrovia.

On January 24, 2016, we were informed of the sudden death of a Nigerian national Mr. Dan Orogun, former Manager of Guaranty Trust Bank. He reportedly went on a boat ride with his friend Mr. George Kailondo, but turned up dead after few hours when it was alleged that Mr. Orogun fell off the boat. On December 2, 2015, Rubben Paye aged 7 and Alvin Moses aged 4 were found dead in a vehicle in the VOA Community on Robertsfield Highway. On February 13, 2015, the lifeless body of Atty. Michael Allison, a Liberian Attorney and former Legal Consultant to the Liberian National Legislature was found on the beach in Monrovia, behind the Foreign Affairs Ministry. On February 6, 2013, Mr. Fayah Saah Gbollie, a leading opposition political leader was attacked and murdered, his disfigured body dumped outside his home in Congo Town. These are just some of the deaths that have received public attention.

The MOLAC & CLACI find these deaths disturbing, and call on Sirleaf’s government to ensure that there is accountability. We demand answers that will help alleviate the fear and insecurity engulfing the country. In the Liberian Constitution, Chapter III: Fundamental Rights; Article 11 states, “All persons are born equally free and independent and have certain natural inherent and inalienable rights, among which are the right of enjoying and defending life and liberty, of pursuing and maintaining the security of the person and of acquiring, possessing and protecting property, subject to such qualifications as provided for in this Constitution.”

The preservation of this declaration is the mandate of a responsible government. We expect that Sirleaf’s government will do the responsible thing to ensure that people within Liberia are protected and secured as improvement of this manner could encourage foreign investors, improve Liberia’s climate of investment, and assist in reducing the country’s general state of poverty.

Meanwhile, MOLAC and CLACI are deeply concerned about the whereabouts of Mr. Simon Freeman, opposition political leader of the Movement for Progressive Change. Our hope is that Mr. Freeman’s life will not end in the same manner as Mr. Greaves, Mr. Allison and others. We also call on President Sirleaf and the Liberian Legislature to ensure that a war crimes court is established in Liberia before the upcoming 2017 General Elections. For Liberia to move forward, all Liberians and friends of Liberia must muster up their courage to establish a war crimes court to bring former warlords, their financiers, and principal commanders to justice for their role in Liberia’s civil war. We believe this will ensure accountability and end the culture of impunity that has permeated the fabric of Liberian society.

Finally, we invite all Liberians and friends of Liberia to turn out in great number for a peaceful protest in September 2016 in New York at the United Nations General Assembly to rally Liberia’s international partners and investors to support our call for a war crimes court in Liberia. More details on the protest will be provided at a later date.

For further information, contact Seyon Nyanwleh, Secretary General, MOLAC (612) 730-1373 or Jacob Massaquoi, Chairman, CLACI (646) 801-0749.