Justice Minister Cllr. Frank Musa Dean has ordered the release of Unity Party’s Secretary-General Mo Ali a few hours after the Liberia National Police (LNP) had arrested and charged him with arson, terroristic threats, and criminal attempt to murder.
Min. Dean said “Consistent with section 22.2 (b) of the New Executive Law, which requires the Minister of Justice to institute all legal proceedings necessary for law enforcement.” During his remark, Min. Dahn called on the LNP to produce the proper evidence to support charges levied against Ali.
Mo Ali’s arrest comes after being questioned by the police over a March 1, 2021, Facebook Post, which the police believe might be linked to the recent arson attacks on the home of Justice Joseph Nagbe and the headquarters of the National Elections Commission.
Ahead of his arrest, Mo Ali had gone to the police headquarters to face additional questioning two days after his lawyer requested time for further consultation with their client.
On March 1, 2021, Ali wrote on his Facebook page, “Dear National Elections Commission (NEC), we understand the ploy. But try it and you will see what’s gonna be the result.”
Again, on March 4, 2021, Ali posted saying “I don’t believe in the integrity of the Supreme Court. Most of the Justices have been corrupted. Justice Nagbe is a hardcore tribalist.”
Providing clarification, Mo Ali said yesterday that his March 1, 2021, Facebook post, alluding to a ploy against the failure of the National Elections Commission (NEC) to certificate Lofa County Senator-Elect Brownie J. Samukai, was meant to be carried out through legal means.
Mr. Ali said as a person and a ranking member of the Unity Party, he has always maintained that all grievances be addressed through legal means.
“If the NEC did not certificate owing to the ploy, they will see what will happen at the end, which was indicating that we will seek appropriate legal means in the end,” Mo Ali said. “As it relates to my March 4 post referring to Associate Justice Nagbe as a hardcore tribalist, it is an opinion birthed out of the fact that: when Justice Nagbe served as Senator for Sinoe County and was involved in active politics, he clearly stated that he was in the Senate to PROTECT the Kru PEOPLE.”
Meanwhile, the Unity Party has said its Secretary-General Mo Ali has submitted peacefully to this injustice.
The Unity Party will pursue the appropriate and necessary legal actions to protect his rights and those of anyone experiencing such flagrant injustice.
More details later…