At UNGA: Dr. York’s U.S. Supporters Want Weah to Help Free, Repatriate their Leader

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Some of Dr. York's supporters and sympathizers held placards at the UNGA.

President George Weah’s maiden appearance at the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) received not only commendations and a plethora of jubilation for ably presenting Liberia’s case but challenged with a series of protests.

A demonstration was staged by supporters of jailed Dr. Malachi Z. York, in an effort to claim President Weah’s attention at the level of the international scene to help free the “Liberian Citizen and Diplomat,” who they believe is serving an undeserved prison sentence at ADMAX Maximum prison center in Colorado, United States of America.

The Middle District Court of Georgia in the U.S. declared Dr. York guilty of “Conspiracy to Transport Minors in Interstate Commerce for Unlawful Sexual Activity; Conspiracy to Travel in Interstate Commerce for Unlawful Sexual Activity with Minors; and Conspiracy to Structure Cash Transactions to Evade Currency Transactions Reporting Requirements.”

York’s followers, however, believe that the U.S. government has no concrete evidence against their leader in all the accusations levied against him and, as such, are calling for his freedom from prison.

The group, under the banner “Help Free Dr. York,” marched to the Liberian Consulate Office in New York on Wednesday, September 26, and appealed to President Weah to engage the Government of the United States so as to set Dr. York free and later repatriate him to Liberia, reflecting that he is a Liberian citizen who was serving as a diplomat on behalf of the country when he was arrested and subsequently imprisoned in 2002.

More than 50 members of the Malachi York Foundation peacefully gathered, holding signs in support of Liberia, while requesting that Liberia repatriate Dr. York, a naturalized Liberian citizen and diplomat of Liberia, who has been incarcerated and allegedly tortured in the U.S. for the past 16 years.

“Dr. York became a naturalized citizen and diplomat in 1999. He was incarcerated in the U.S. in 2002. Since then, his citizenship and diplomatic status have been ignored. In 2004, the Republic of Liberia hired attorneys to repatriate Dr. York, but circumstances prevented efforts directed towards his freedom. The Liberian government received a diplomatic note from the U.S. Embassy near Monrovia, claiming that Dr. York is a U.S. citizen,” the spokesperson for the group, Huntwy Sanan Atum Rayay, said.

He added, “We are confident in the ability of President Weah to lead Liberia in the right direction. We are also confident that President Weah and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have more than enough information to repatriate Dr. York. We are looking forward to making an exodus to Liberia to help rebuild the country with Dr. York’s proceeds.”

The group carried placards with inscriptions that read: “Correct the Mistake, Repatriate Dr. York” and “Dr. York Foundation Supports Liberia,” among others.

Rayay said the membership of the Foundation consists of indigenous tribes, who have been influenced by great African leaders like Dr. York. He boasted of his tribe’s membership being over 30,000 worldwide.

The members, as video footage shows, were dressed in their traditional garbs and the demonstration lasted from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. without incident, the Daily Observer learnt.

Even though the government of President Weah is yet to take a decisive action that would determine the freedom or further stay in prison of Dr. York, Criminal Court “B” at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia recently discovered and reported to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs all of Dr. York’s naturalization records.

The request of the Liberian Foreign Affairs Ministry was relative to claims by the U.S. that Dr. York is not a Liberian citizen and, as such, he cannot be freed and repatriated to Liberia.

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  • David S. Menjor is a Liberian journalist whose work, mainly in the print media has given so much meaning to the world of balanced and credible mass communication. David is married and interestingly he is also knowledgeable in the area of education since he has received some primary teacher training from the Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute (KRTTI). David, after leaving Radio Five, a broadcast media outlet, in 2016, he took on the challenge to venture into the print media affairs with the Dailly Observer Newspaper. Since then he has created his own enviable space. He is a student at the University of Liberia.

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David S. Menjor is a Liberian journalist whose work, mainly in the print media has given so much meaning to the world of balanced and credible mass communication. David is married and interestingly he is also knowledgeable in the area of education since he has received some primary teacher training from the Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute (KRTTI). David, after leaving Radio Five, a broadcast media outlet, in 2016, he took on the challenge to venture into the print media affairs with the Dailly Observer Newspaper. Since then he has created his own enviable space. He is a student at the University of Liberia.

15 COMMENTS

  1. Help FREE Dr York, he has helped many y people globally to be confident in themselves, know their history and take their fate into their own hands.
    A Black leader who has pioneered the changes of our minds.

  2. Dr. York has done great works for the liftment and the advancement of the people globally. Please allow him to be repatriate back to Liberia

  3. This case is about justice, and ensuring that due and proper process is followed. Many have followed and studied the case, and have found various inconsistencies, and clear miscarriages of justice.

    A formal, legally recognised Intl Liberian Diplomat, Dr Malachi Z York has been committed to uplifting people from across the globe, through books, research and lectures, and does not deserve this ongoing injustice. It is just wrong, and this situation needs to be corrected.

    We trust that the Pres Weah will carefully approach and fairly consider the case for the repatriation of Dr Malachi Z York, a member of Liberia’s Diplomatic fraternity.

  4. International law takes precedent over domestic law which is based on cooperation between countries and their respective leaders. What the article does not reflect is that a small group of local U.S. Georgia officials with the assistance of the FBI stole over $5m in consular and tribal assets that is why they do not want justice done. As someone in their local government is going to have to take the fall for this miscarriage of justice , fraud and corruption in this case. So called strong black leadership has been perceived by the founder of the FBI who had hate based racist religious and political intent as anti-American. This false premise has held America back in my view and when a people are held back from achieving equal or greater than their counterparts this can only disbenefit to country and its people. Correct the mistake repatriate.

  5. International law takes precedent over domestic law which is based on cooperation between countries and their respective leaders. What the article does not reflect is that a small group of local U.S. Georgia officials with the assistance of the FBI stole over $5m in consular and tribal assets that is why they do not want justice done. As someone in their local government is going to have to take the fall for this miscarriage of justice , fraud and corruption in this case. So called strong black leadership has been perceived by the founder of the FBI who had hate based racist religious and political intent as anti-American. This false premise has held America back in my view and when a people are held back from achieving equal or greater than their counterparts this can only be a disbenefit to country and its people. Correct the mistake repatriate.

  6. Another Pan African made to keep quiet. The list goes on, Lumumba, Marcus Garvey, Amilkale Cabral (Guinea Bissau), Qaddafi, Kwame Nkrumah, Bob Marley…..the list goes on. Anytime a black conscious mind wants to speak, he is knocked of the podium. THE HARDER THEY COME!

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