ECOWAS Women Protest against Police Brutality By: R. Joyclyn Wea:j.wea@newrepublicliberia.com

NEWS REPORTER
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MONROVIA July 23-The Temple of Justice was a scene of attraction on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 when the women and youth wings of the (Economic Community of West African States) ECOWAS Citizens in Liberia stormed the grounds in demand of justice for one Mariama Sheriff who was allegedly beaten by an officer of the Liberia National Police identified as Emmanuel Toe Sieh.

During their July 22, 2020, Pre March for Justice regarding injury sustained as the result of beaten, the group demanded the speedy trial of the case so that justice is served.

It can be recalled that 11 months ago, Mariama Sheriff was beaten and sustained injury  by an officer of the LNP (Emmanuel Toe Sieh) after he was prevented from selling  the victim residence  on Ashmun Street in Central Monrovia.

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Sieh allegedly broke into Madam Sheriff home and begin to remove the LEC wires in the house and was condemned by the victim something which led him to beating the victim.

The incident was later reported to the LNP authority and he (Sieh) was allegedly suspended from job for 11 months without  pay. Subsequently; the matter was filed with the magisterial court that is yet to make any determination into the matter since four months ago.

Speaking with Judicial Reporters on Capitol Hill, the head of the ECOWAS citizens in Liberia Duffy Michelle Hassanin said it is unfortunate that the court is yet to hear the matter since four months now without any reason.

According to her, their action is to call the attention of the court to the prolong delay as well as means to get speedy redress and justice for the victim.

She accused the police of also stalling the process by refusing to surrender the necessary documents to the court.

Hassanin suspect that  if foul is played, it will not  present a good image of the government to the outside world.

“The government is campaigning against violence against women, but when it comes to really solving the problem, the government shies away.”

She alleged that the victim was called on July 5, 2020 by officer Sieh threatening to kill her.

Meanwhile; the court is expected to listen to the case this Thursday, July 23, 2020. This comes as the result of the pre campaign match. TNR

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Alphonso Toweh Alphonso has  been in the profession for over twenty years. He has worked for many international media outlets including: West Africa Magazine, Africa Week Magazine, African Observer and did occasional reporting for CNN, BBC World Service, Sunday Times, NPR, Radio Deutchewells, Radio Netherlands. He is the current correspondent for Reuters. Mr. Toweh holds first MA with honors in International Relations and a candidate for second master in International Peace studies and Conflict Resolution.
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