One of the prosecution’s witnesses in the mercenary case involving 18 Liberians, Prince Barclay has alleged that corrections officers of the Bureau of Rehabilitation and Corrections at the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), received money to release Bob Marley, another co-defendant, from the Monrovia Central Prison.
He was expected to have testified on Friday, April 25, but that did not happen after state lawyers claimed he was suffering from severe diarrhea. This caused Judge Emery Paye to postpone the trial to, Monday, April 28.
When he appeared Monday, April, 28, to testify in favor of the state, witness Barclay made the claim that Bob Marley was released after bribing Ministry of Justice’s employees assigned at the Monrovia Central Prison.
He did not mention the number of corrections officers that received the money to free Marley, neither did he say how much was offered to them (Ministry of Justice employee) to release him (Bob).
The co-defendant turned government witness told the court “somebody entered our cell and gave the money to the officers, purposely to release everyone of us, so that we could go to La Côte d’Ivoire to fight.”
“Bob Marley was the only person that was released among us,” he claimed.
He was among the 18 persons accused of launching cross border attacks into neighboring La Côte d’Ivoire, where seven United Nations peacekeepers were killed.
Explaining his relationship with Marley, Barclay claimed he was the former deputy chief of staff to Bob, whom, according to him, was then chief staff of the Liberian mercenaries fighting alongside pro- Laurent Gbagbo forces.
“After our recruitment, we were given 30 Million CFA as partial payment. After we successfully reinstated Gbagbo, the balance would have been given to us,” witness Barclay alleged.
“Unfortunately”, he said, “Marley fled with the money when we were attacked by the United Nations forces.”
In his testimony, Barclay alleged he was in prison when the UN peacekeepers were killed.
“I was not there when the seven UN peacekeepers were killed, but I was told by some of the defendants that they killed them (UN peacekeepers),” the state witness concluded.
The trial continues.