LIBERIANS BANNED FROM HOLDING PUBLIC OFFICE

September 28, 2010

Source: The Liberian Dialogue

Because the following persons and individuals listed and named have committed some from of heinous crimes in the Liberia, members of the international community are asked to please refuse them entry and remove them from your coast if they are found to be residing there.

Thanks for supporting and upholding the rule of law and human rights.

1. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of the Republic Liberia
2. Randall Cooper
3. Ethelbert Cooper
4. Toga Mclntosh Gaywea
5. Jackson E. Doe
6. Dew Mason
7. Nyan Menten
8. Clarence Simpson
9. Byron Tarr
10. D. Bob Taylor
11. Harry Yuan
13. Isaac Nyenabo
14. Kabineh J’aneh, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia
15. Archie Williams
16. Tonia King
17. J. Appollo Swen
18. Joe Gbala
19. Thomas Ziah
20. Maxwell Karba
21. Ignatius Clay
22. Vamba Kanneh
23. Valee Keita
24. Paul Mulbah
25. El Mohammed Sheriff
26. Kwame Fofana
27. Alieu Kosia
28. Albert S. Toe
29. Weade Kobbah Wureh
30. Octavious Walker
31. Lavala Supuwood
32. Tom Woewiyu
33. Tarnue Marwolo, Deputy Minister of Financial for Administration
34. James Chelly
35. Amos Lincoln
36. Noah Bororddolo
37. Edward Slangar
38. Tigae Wontee
39. Mohammed Joumande
40. Prince Sio
41. Abbas Kenneh
42. Morris Dolley
43. Aisha Konneh
44. Alhaji Sekou Fofana
45. Charles Bennie
46. Morris Jarbo
47. K.B.K. Sando
48. Kai Farlely
49. Joe Tuah
50. Grace Minor

For committing the most war crimes and crimes against humanity during the armed conflict in Liberia, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has determined and designated the following persons as most notorious war criminals. Individuals so determined and designated are:

Prince Y. Johnson, Senator of Liberia
Moses Blah, Former Vice and President of Liberia
William Sumo
Mehnsayon Sayon
John Gbeto
Paulson Garteh
Augustine Zar
Joseph Kpeyon
Mateus Paily
Gen. Lawrence Guanuu
Jonathan Banney, Senator of Liberia
Albret Sumeh
Gen. Sampson
Christopher Vambo
Col. Joloka
Prince Nagbe
Pat Ran Kennedy
Klehgbayee
Abel S. Gbalah
Gen. Nally
Macdonald Tarpeh
Anthony Ponnie
Alfred Payne
Gen. Greene
Saywalaka
Chris Davis
Col. Boy Tarley
John Guain
Michael Davis alias Sundaygar Dear-boy
CoCo Dennis
Peter Giah
Carsacar Group (NPFL) Joseph
Blood Sucker War Boss
Nuku Johnson
Red Devil
Mohammed Bar
(LPC) Superman
J.Y. NPFL delta force
Chinese Jabber Philip Kamlongar
LPC Debbah
(NPFL Marine) Fasue Gonkamue
NPFL-Markdaime
Gen. Freeman
Sundaygar, Young Killer, Skinny
NPFL Mathew gio
NPFl Gen Gondah (Roland Ballout)
Citizen of Duo (single barrel) NPFL Unit
(NPFL) Mekamu Goweh, Saye Baoyou
(LPC) George pee Solo Garsnoo
Saah R. Gbollie, Representative of Liberia
Richard Flomo, Counsellor of the Liberian National Bar Association Jerry Riks
John Garan (Junior Garan)
Gen. Steven Wontoe
Gen Joe Tuah
David Daniel
Martina Johnson
Junior Mitchell
Gen. Fasue
George Dweh, Former Speaker of Liberia
Gen. Charles Julu
Augustine Nagbe, Gen. Gun Power
Marcus High Gray
J. Appollo Swen
Sando Johnson, Former Representative of Liberia
Joseph Marzah Alian Zigzag Marzarh
Kai Farley
Vamuyah
Amos Barclay
Larry Murphy
Mike Tyson
Gen. Ofori Diah, alias Iron Jacket
George Warpo
Col. Zero-Zero
Peter Dahn
Co Kortor
Tommy B. Wongba
Peter Pewee, alias Gen. Katali
Gen. Erickson Bardio
Benjamin Yeatan, Former Director Special Security Service (SSS)
Roland Duo
Felix Washington
Senegalese
Moses Tailey
Co David
Siafa Norman
Sekou Donzo
Adolphus Dolo, Senator of Liberia
Mango Menlor
Melvin Sogbandi
Mark Guahn
Moses Thomas
Maj. Jerry Gban
Waheeb Saab
Maj. Harry Johnson
Zico Nah Darliah
Lieutenant Andrew Gaye
Arthur Nyenabo

Published this 15th day of July, A.D. 2009, by the Authority of the Association of Liberian Lawyers in the Americas Inc. {ALLA}.

Culled from Liberian lawyers.org
Source: http://Liberian lawyers.org


LIBERIANS ARE SICK AND TIRED OF LAWLESSNESS …

September 28, 2010
TQ Harris Jr.

 The 2011 elections will be meaningless if Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and others listed in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) report are allowed to participate without first addressing allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity. If this issue is not properly resolved, it is likely that gains made thus far might be reversed. Liberians are sick and tired of dealing with individuals who have no respect for rule of law and we are not going to take it any more!!!


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                                                                      T. Q. HARRIS, JR.

In an airplane the yoke is used to steer right and left and also to increase or decrease altitude. Pull the yoke back and the plane climbs higher; push forward to descend. When speeding along the runway the yoke is pulled back which enables the aircraft to lift and fly. I personally, as a Pilot, always look forward to that instant when the front wheels leave the ground…it’s exhilarating!

There comes a moment when it is absolutely necessary that the yoke of life is pulled back in order to climb to higher heights. Liberia, for the past 163 years, has been speeding along the runway of time but never lifting off the ground. Perhaps we have been unwilling or afraid to pull back the yoke until now. This generation will lift Liberia above the cloud of mediocrity, backwardness, illiteracy, corruption, poverty, ignorance and disease. There will be resistance, but the forces of CHANGE shall prevail! Log into TQ Harris

Vision for Liberia: www.tqharrisforpresident.com/TQ_Vision.html

The 2011 elections will be meaningless if Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and others listed in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) report are allowed to participate without first addressing allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity. If this issue is not properly resolved, it is likely that gains made thus far might be reversed. Liberians are sick and tired of dealing with individuals who have no respect for rule of law and we are not going to take it any more!!!

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and those listed in the TRC report must be told in no uncertain terms that the issue of war crimes and crimes against humanity is not going away regardless of how many threats they make. They must account for their role in the rape, torture and murder of more than 300,000 Liberians!

Is there anyone who believed Charles Taylor would be forcibly removed from the Presidency and taken to jail for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sierra Leone; while persons accused of identical crimes in Liberia not face justice? Is it conceivable Liberians could be restrained from taking action against those responsible for the carnage, now that Chucky Taylor has been sentenced to 97 years imprisonment by the U.S. Government? Did Ellen and the others truly believe Dr. George S. Boley, Sr. would be dragged into U.S. Court to account for his role in the atrocities; while they parade themselves as respectable political leaders? This is the kind of selective justice that often leads to all-out violence and impedes Africa’s progress.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has been generous in giving Ellen Johnson Sirleaf an excellent opportunity to gracefully extricate herself from her quagmire. It would be unwise were she not to exploit it to the fullest. Not being allowed to hold public office does not prevent Ellen from serving her country if she so desires. By rejecting the TRC recommendations she risks a full blown trial and all that comes with it. If Ellen insists, she will be given the opportunity in a court of law to prove her innocence. However, I hasten to remind President Johnson Sirleaf of her predecessors – Presidents Doe and Taylor – who refused to heed the warnings and ended up facing disastrous consequences.

To those who believe all is well…that Liberia is back; I must warn you, there is likely to be severe turbulence ahead! The fact that those who wrecked this nation are still playing hardball is a clear indication we are a long ways from landing.

For much of this country’s history critical decisions have favored a few rather than the majority. As a result, illiteracy is high; unemployment is high; sickness & disease is high; poverty is widespread; corruption is rampant; and, Rule of Law is nonexistent. Those bearing the greatest responsibility for the mass destruction of lives and properties between 1989 and 2003 must face justice!!

If the cold-blooded murder of 250,000 defenseless men, women and children is not resolved Liberia will inevitably experience a repeat of the senseless violence. This we must not allow!

To the international partners, we ask; what is most important: protecting the interests of a select few, or ensuring the safety of the larger population? If the interests of the majority are paramount – as it ought to be – then you must support the formation of a Special Court, Screening of Candidates for the 2011 elections, and Funding the Opposition. Without this, Liberia will continue to be a violent, lawless nation and the epic center of instability within the West African sub-region.
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The Author: T. Q. Harris, Jr. is a member of the Free Democratic Party (of Liberia) who is expected to be a Presidential candidate in the 2011 Election. Mr. Harris in 1997 was the Vice Presidential nominee of his Party. He is currently the Chairman of Liberian Contempt UPS. To get more information: http://www.tqharrisforpresident.com/; http://www.friendsoftq.org/; liberia1@charter.net; and Phone: (562) 256-4271 Liberia: (231) 6 538827


LIBERIANS ARE SICK AND TIRED OF LAWLESSNESS

September 28, 2010

T. Q. HARRIS, JR.

In an airplane the yoke is used to steer right and left and also to increase or decrease altitude. Pull the yoke back and the plane climbs higher; push forward to descend. When speeding along the runway the yoke is pulled back which enables the aircraft to lift and fly. I personally, as a Pilot, always look forward to that instant when the front wheels leave the ground…it’s exhilarating!

There comes a moment when it is absolutely necessary that the yoke of life is pulled back in order to climb to higher heights. Liberia, for the past 163 years, has been speeding along the runway of time but never lifting off the ground. Perhaps we have been unwilling or afraid to pull back the yoke until now. This generation will lift Liberia above the cloud of mediocrity, backwardness, illiteracy, corruption, poverty, ignorance and disease. There will be resistance, but the forces of CHANGE shall prevail! Log into TQ Harris
Vision for Liberia: www.tqharrisforpresident.com/TQ_Vision.html

The 2011 elections will be meaningless if Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and others listed in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) report are allowed to participate without first addressing allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity. If this issue is not properly resolved, it is likely that gains made thus far might be reversed. Liberians are sick and tired of dealing with individuals who have no respect for rule of law and we are not going to take it any more!!!

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and those listed in the TRC report must be told in no uncertain terms that the issue of war crimes and crimes against humanity is not going away regardless of how many threats they make. They must account for their role in the rape, torture and murder of more than 300,000 Liberians!

Is there anyone who believed Charles Taylor would be forcibly removed from the Presidency and taken to jail for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sierra Leone; while persons accused of identical crimes in Liberia not face justice? Is it conceivable Liberians could be restrained from taking action against those responsible for the carnage, now that Chucky Taylor has been sentenced to 97 years imprisonment by the U.S. Government? Did Ellen and the others truly believe Dr. George S. Boley, Sr. would be dragged into U.S. Court to account for his role in the atrocities; while they parade themselves as respectable political leaders? This is the kind of selective justice that often leads to all-out violence and impedes Africa’s progress.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has been generous in giving Ellen Johnson Sirleaf an excellent opportunity to gracefully extricate herself from her quagmire. It would be unwise were she not to exploit it to the fullest. Not being allowed to hold public office does not prevent Ellen from serving her country if she so desires. By rejecting the TRC recommendations she risks a full blown trial and all that comes with it. If Ellen insists, she will be given the opportunity in a court of law to prove her innocence. However, I hasten to remind President Johnson Sirleaf of her predecessors – Presidents Doe and Taylor – who refused to heed the warnings and ended up facing disastrous consequences.

To those who believe all is well…that Liberia is back; I must warn you, there is likely to be severe turbulence ahead! The fact that those who wrecked this nation are still playing hardball is a clear indication we are a long ways from landing.

For much of this country’s history critical decisions have favored a few rather than the majority. As a result, illiteracy is high; unemployment is high; sickness & disease is high; poverty is widespread; corruption is rampant; and, Rule of Law is nonexistent. Those bearing the greatest responsibility for the mass destruction of lives and properties between 1989 and 2003 must face justice!!

If the cold-blooded murder of 250,000 defenseless men, women and children is not resolved Liberia will inevitably experience a repeat of the senseless violence. This we must not allow!

To the international partners, we ask; what is most important: protecting the interests of a select few, or ensuring the safety of the larger population? If the interests of the majority are paramount – as it ought to be – then you must support the formation of a Special Court, Screening of Candidates for the 2011 elections, and Funding the Opposition. Without this, Liberia will continue to be a violent, lawless nation and the epic center of instability within the West African sub-region.

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The Author: T. Q. Harris, Jr. is a member of the Free Democratic Party (of Liberia) who is expected to be a Presidential candidate in the 2011 Election. Mr. Harris in 1997 was the Vice Presidential nominee of his Party. He is currently the Chairman of Liberian Contempt UPS. To get more information: http://www.tqharrisforpresident.com/; http://www.friendsoftq.org/; liberia1@charter.net; and Phone: (562) 256-4271 Liberia: (231) 6 538827

BLOOD ON HIS HANDS’: Boley Trial Spells Doom for Supporters of Liberia’s War

September 28, 2010



George Boley Sr.

Former warlords in Liberia could take a page from the ongoing trial of the former head of the Liberia Peace Council George Boley in the United States of America with a sounding message that Liberia’s adopted stepfather could no longer lay down the welcome mat for those blamed for the destruction of human lives and economic demise.

Also see: The Democratic and ChronicleGeorge Boley Sr. case has war crimes aspect
Source: Front Page Africa

Monrovia –

Former warlords in Liberia could take a page from the ongoing trial of the former head of the Liberia Peace Council George Boley in the United States of America with a sounding message that Liberia’s adopted stepfather could no longer lay down the welcome mat for those blamed for the destruction of human lives and economic demise.

SAW IT COMING: “While it is important for the people of Liberia to put their ugly past behind them, those responsible for the atrocities must face the full weight of the law.”

Prudence Bushnell, Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State for African Affairs, in a telephone interview with FrontPageAfrica Monday.

Prudence Bushnell, a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs saw the writings on the wall more than a decade ago in June 1994 when she told Boley and a group of coalition of Liberian political groups that Boley would be a “prime candidate” for exclusion from the U.S. and that he and others thwarting an attempt at peace in the west African country would “no longer be welcomed in the United States.”

Fast forward to 2010, Boley’s life has been a living hell over the past few years coupled with several arrests on immigration charges and a war crimes trial which got underway Monday at a federal detention facility in Batavia, New York, the United States of America. U.S. officials have for years, challenged Boley’s claims of innocence during the bloody Liberian civil war, and the outcome of the trial could see Boley’s status revoked and a possible deportation to Liberia or even jail.

Ms. Bushnell

Full weight of the law

On Monday, Ms. Bushnell told FrontPageAfrica via phone that while it is important for the people of Liberia to put their ugly past behind them, those responsible for the atrocities must face the full weight of the law.

Bushnell’s predication was first made public Monday by Boley’s hometown newspaper, the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, citing now-declassified record of the meetings between Boley’s group and Bushnell.

The Democratic and Chronicle reported that Boley was one of a handful of Liberian “warlords” whom Bushnell, with mixed results, encouraged to engage in peace. Boley, even then, also maintained a life and family in Clarkson. And, now, 16 years after the meeting in Liberia, U.S. immigration officials are seeking to deport him.

U.S. Immigration and Naturalization officials contend that Boley is responsible for atrocities in Liberia, including the slaughter of civilian women and children, and that he led children into battle in the jungle. In a more bureaucratic-based and common immigration allegation, officials also charge that Boley has been returning to the U.S. on illegitimate documents and can’t live here legally.

Boley headed a faction known as the Liberia Peace Council, or LPC, during the civil war, a struggle that stretched from 1989 to 2003 and claimed more than 200,000 lives. He has maintained that his sole intent was peace, and that he did not oversee or engage in violence against civilians.

Blood on his Hands’

Bushnell says there were few Liberian faction leaders who were innocent during the civil war.

Prince Johnson

Prince Johnson

“As far as I knew there was not a warlord in Liberia at the time of these struggles … who did not have blood on his hands,” said Bushnell, who also served as the American ambassador to Kenya and Guatemala and now lectures and consults on international relations.

Despite the charges, Boley’s lawyer, Matthew Kolken, based in Buffalo, says he has yet to see reliable evidence of human rights violations by Boley when he headed the LPC. The government has indicated it may call up to 42 witnesses, many of them piped in via videoconference from Liberia. “It doesn’t appear that any of these witnesses have any firsthand accountings that would directly connect my client to any atrocities that occurred in Liberia,” Kolken said. But Boley supporters say, evidence will show that his documentation to stay in the United States was authentic.

As the trial of Boley gets underway, political observers say, the case could serve as a litmus test for many of the other warlords who fought alongside or opposite Boley during the civil war. More importantly, it could shatter travel plans to the U.S. for many of those who played major in the Liberian civil war.

Special unit for war crimes

Alhaji Kromah

Alhaji Kromah

Legal experts in the U.S. say, the case against Boley could likely open a Pandora box and an offspring of investigations by a war crimes unit within the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

The unit emerged and developed after ICE was created (in 2002) and since its emergence a number of war crimes violators from around the world have been targeted. In January 2009, Charles Taylor Jr., a.k.a. ‘Chuckie’ Taylor became the first Liberian casualty. Taylor’s son was sentenced to 97 years in prison following his earlier conviction in a Federal District Court in Miami on six counts of committing acts of torture and conspiracy to commit torture in Liberia. These convictions represent the first successful application of the federal criminal torture statute (18 USC 2340a) since it was enacted into law in 1994. Charles Taylor Jr., commanded the notorious Anti-Terrorism Unit that suppressed opposition to his father’s regime through brutal acts of torture and murder.

ICE’s website cites the Chuckie Taylor investigation as groundbreaking in the scope of both the international and inter-governmental agency coordination needed to ensure a successful indictment and prosecution. This included working in close partnership with the DOJ Domestic Security Section in Washington D.C. and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami; the FBI, the Department of State-Diplomatic Security Service, and the Office of the Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone. The result was locating and bringing to the United States witnesses and victims who described Emmanuel’s direct involvement in at least three killings and acts of torture using electric shocks, lit cigarettes, molten plastic, hot irons, stabbings with bayonets and even biting ants shoveled onto people’s bodies.

Today, Boley’s alleged role in the Liberian civil war is being discussed in various Liberian circles and the issue has divided many Liberians in and out of the country over whether he is responsible for violence the LPC committed during the country’s conflict.

As Boley awaits his fate, critics point to many other alleged supporters of the war and whether they could possibly face similar fates. Some observers say prosecutions risk upsetting a power balance that has stuck largely by co-opting former warlords, some of whom have Senate seats. One of those recommended for prosecution, Prince Johnson, is a senator and plans to run for president himself.

George Boley and Samuel K. Doe

Boley was the first Minister of State for Presidential Affairs in the Peoples Redemption Council government. For Boley, the outcome of the trial could offer severe consequences. The former warlord is married to an American and his children are also American, born in the U.S. Boley even has properties in the U.S.



 The most important involves the incumbent President Ellen Sirleaf. A report in 2009 by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), set up to investigate war crimes, recommended that the Sirleaf be banned from office for 30 years for backing the rebellion of former warlord and President Charles Taylor. The President has admitted she funded Taylor but says she was misled and she has declined to comment on the TRC’s suggestions, which the committee cannot enforce but which parliament can enact.

Jerome Verdier

The government is weighing prosecuting some people named in the report for war crimes, but it will be hard for Sirleaf to back that call then ignore the one that she be barred. Jerome Verdier, head of the TRC says there is no credible argument for non-implementation of the report. “Those arguing against the report, it’s out of fear or interest,” says Verdier.

Ironically, Boley Boley participated in the country’s first post-war presidential election, held on July 19 1997. Running under the banner of the National Democratic Party of Liberia, Boley won only 1.26% of the vote. Besides Boley several former warlords have toyed with the idea of the Presidency. Alhaji Kromah, leader of the United Liberation Movement of Liberia for Democracy, the resistance armed group that forced Charles Taylor to a negotiating table that eventually brought tangible political solution to the Liberian conflict, also contested the July 19, 1997 presidential election. Running under the banner of the All Liberia Coalition Party(ALCOP), Kromah placed third, winning 4.02% of the vote. Kromah ran again as the party’s presidential candidate in the 11 October 2005 elections in which he was again defeated, receiving 2.8% of the vote. In 2009, Kromah unsuccessfully sought the vacant Montserrado County Senatorial by-elections seat won by Geraldine Doe of the Congress for Democratic Change.

Sekou Damate Konneh

Sekou Damate Konneh, the leader of the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy(LURD) contested the October 2005 Presidential elections. Running under the banner of the Progressive Democratic Party, Konneh received less than 1% of the vote.
Sekou Damate Konneh, the leader of the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy(LURD) contested the October 2005 Presidential elections. Running under the banner of the Progressive Democratic Party, Konneh received less than 1% of the vote.

Besides the presidential quest of the former warlords, at least two others from vote-rich Nimba now occupy seats in the National legislature. Prince Johnson, who ran as an independent holds the senior senator’s seat while Adolphus Dolo is the junior senator from the county. Johnson, ironically has declared his intentions to seek the presidency in 2011. His party, the National Union for Democratic Progress has already been given the green light by the National Elections Commission.

For Boley, the outcome of the trial could offer severe consequences. The former warlord is married to an American and his children are also American, born in the U.S. Boley even has properties in the U.S.

In recent months, the Rochester and Democrat reports that some of Boley’s neighbors and friends in Clarkson have written the immigration court, encouraging the judge to allow Boley to stay free as the trial progresses. In the correspondence, Boley is described as a devout and hard-working man, always quick to help a neighbor in need. The U.S. government is against the release of Boley, and he has been detained since his immigration arrest in January. He is likely to be detained for months more; a second phase of the trial isn’t scheduled until January.

The U.S. authorities had originally indicated it would complete its testimony this week, and Boley’s defense would begin its case in January. But Boley’s lawyer says he received notice this week that the government expects it will need more time to finish the presentation of its case, meaning that the hopes of a resolution in January could be optimistic.

Boley’s lawyers are however skeptical that the U.S. authorities are trying to exhaust Boley by stretching out the proceedings. “They’re extending his jail time,” Kolken is quoted by the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle as saying.


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