MONROVIA-At least 17 members of the opposition People’s Liberation Party (PLP) have been bailed from the Monrovia central prison after they were arrested by officers of the Liberia National police during a protestation demanding central government to have their political leader Dr. Daniel Cassel’s helicopter lands in Liberia.
Moses Konneh, David Sherman, Ngarbay B. Johnson, Musu Jabateh, Samuelyn Jackson, Blessing Dolo, Blessing Flomo, Daniel B. Johnson, Edith Johnson- Nyemah, Alieu V. Kamara, Victor Towah Weah, Tom Blessing Jobo, Bendale J. Dennis, Obediah Roland, Augustine Hunter, Francis P. Fayiah and Mohammed Bah were charged with multiple offenses ranging from rioting, failure to disburse, disorderly conduct and obstructing highways and other Public Passages.
The crimes are in violation of chapters 17 , Section 17.1, 17.3 and 17.7 of the revised penal Law of the Republic Liberia.
Their release came a day after the Chief Justice admonished magistrates to exercise the 13.5 of the criminal procedural law to de-populate the Monrovia central prison which is said to be overwhelmed with inmates and pre-trial detainees.
On November 21, 2021, the defendants stated above were arrested from a protest scene on 20th street, Sinkor after they and other partisans of the PLP blocked the main road restraining the free movement of other citizens and residents.
Police charge sheet revealed that there were several appeal by officers of the LNP for the defendants and other protesters to disembark in order to allow vehicles and other people have free movement, but they refused at which time the police decided to restore law and order by arresting them and forwarding them to court for onwards prosecution.
The police finding also revealed that the defendants were demanding that unless Dr. Daniel E. Cassell, political leader of the PLP helicopter be granted Operational permit to fly the air Space of Liberia; they were not going to leave the main Streets.
Meanwhile, the Director of Recruitment and Mobilization of the PLP , Mr. Bernard Benson alis ( Dj Blue) has disclosed that they will not rest until the Liberation Helicopter is in Liberia.
“This is not the last, we will not rest until the Liberation Chapter comes to Liberia, we will do whatever we can and we are ready to give anything up to fight for our rights,” Director Benson expressed.