Madame President, is it so hard to say I was wrong and I am sorry?

Written by Allen Teahson


Source: The Liberian Forum 

We are into the third year of the wrongful persecution of Hans Williams and Madea Kpayku and our own Liberian government has used every tool in the book to obstruct justice, intimidate witnesses, produce false documents with a ghost pathologist that no one can see, removed two previous judges from the case by the executive branch because they did not like the way the case was unfolding, pressured their own examiner to recant his statements and change his mind about his own examination and its previous results.

Our then Justice Minister Philip Banks openly stated that this case will still go on even if I am removed from the justice ministry because the President will still go after Hans Williams. Madame President even rendered the defendant guilty before a trial could begin. With no scientific evidence or any credible evidence of any kind our dogmatic government instead has chosen to remain steadfast to their bogus claim that one man and his wife raped their young niece, then murdered her to hide the rape and hung her body in the bathroom to allow their then 5 year old son to discover the deceased dangling in his bathroom. All this occurred with numerous people living in the house but not one witness.

Rejecting all forensic evidence brought by Mr. Williams and his Harvard Trained forensic pathologists and specialists from the USA, our government has simply decided to bribe judges and ignore what they do not like. Now the very foundation that the government-appointed judge Blamo Dixon used to issue his dishonorable ruling has been totally discarded as false by the Human Rights Court in the Republic of Ghana from where the pathologist came from. The Ghanaian government and court system have sided with Mr. Williams and has team and declared that the pathologist’s report used by the government of Liberia has no merit, it is totally fictitious, lack any scientific backing and is a total nonsense! To make this matter worse the fictitious doctor used by the Liberian Government Dr. Josefa Hernandez of the Ghanaian police has fled Ghana and is on the run and is being sought by the Ghanaian government. Does any of this give our Liberian government pause to re-evaluate its stance over the years? No. They continue to plough right ahead to exact a political revenge on someone who does not support Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. Facts matter Madame President. You and your government are entitled to your own opinions but you are not entitled to your own facts. Why should Liberians have to go out of their own country to get justice in their country? Then you hear the same officials lamenting the weakness of our courts when it is the same officials who are manipulating the system for their own end. Do we expect that a strong, just court system will just drop from the sky? No, it takes the concerted will of the right type of rulers to allow the system to work without interference.

The final straw in this fiasco of a case is that the government has now used its influence on the presiding judge to refuse to allow the evidence brought back from Ghana into the case to be presented to the Supreme Court. Yes, that is correct. The Judge has refused to allow the lawyers of Mr. Williams and team to bring into evidence judgements made by the Ghanaian Human Rights Court. Madame President, does your government have no shame at all? Or rather where is the moral outcry from a President who promised to be different than her predecessors? Using millions of dollars in state funds to fight an individual with very limited means your government cannot even make a credible case but yet you want to execute two people just to sooth your challenged ego? Liberia deserves better than this! How can any Liberian feel safe when our judicial system is so easily manipulated by the executive? Just stop the madness

Madame President. Saying I was wrong and I am sorry is not such a bad thing. You cannot plant corn seeds and wait for a million years and hope that it will turn to rice harvest. Truth crushed to earth will always rise. You are a much better person than your actions have indicated up till now. Saying ‘I am sorry and let’s see where we went wrong so that this action is not repeated’ will make you a better person and a better leader. What value is a misguided pride? You can be bigger by admitting what you now know to be the truth and simply saying I am sorry. It is not such a bad word and it can even bring peace and healing. However, you have to be a very big leader to say a small thing like I am sorry, I was wrong, let’s make it right.


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