Liberian Diplomat in U.S. Prison “Denied Healthcare”

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Dr. York addresses a congregation before his prison sentence in 2002

-Lawyer calls on U.S. Justice System to free Dr. York on health, diplomatic accounts

Dr. Malachi Z. York, naturalized Liberian citizen from the United States, who was granted Liberian diplomatic status by ex-President Charles G. Taylor, is said to be languishing in solitary confinement in a U.S. prison without any medical care accorded him, even though diagnoses show that he is suffering from complicated diseases, including hereditary angioedema (swelling of the body).

In light of this finding and following a clarion call on the Liberian government to help free Dr. York from prison and secure his subsequent and unconditional repatriation to Liberia, the law office of Ms. Victoria Brussard has therefore called on the U.S. justice system to grant her client freedom from imprisonment due to his (Dr. York) deteriorating health condition.

In her open and general communication to the U.S. justice system, Brussard claimed that harsh prison conditions have immensely contributed to Dr. York’s deteriorating health condition and that he may die a wrongful death if care is not taken.

“Due to the treatment of the prison conditions and their torturous behavior towards H.E Dr. Malachi Z.K. York and violating his Diplomatic Rights, his Human Rights, and Constitutional Rights for the past 16 years, H. E. Dr. Malachi Z. K. York has been rushed to an outside medical center due to his ailing condition, and not receiving proper medicine,” Brussard said.

She said there is a medical urgency which calls for Dr. York’s removal from the prison facility of USP Florence ADMAX in the state of Colorado to an ideal health facility that will provide him an unconditional medical care so as to save him from dying wrongfully.

She referred to the death of one Jeffrey A. Buller who died in the Colorado U.S. prison system at the Kit Carson Correctional center in 2001, 24 hours before his release due to improper medical care and neglect of his ailment as a bad sign for a democracy said to be at its peak in the comity of nations.

Brussard noted, “it is sad that up to this day the U.S. justice system is yet to believe that Dr. York was a Liberian diplomat before his arrest and imprisonment in 2002.”

“The USA prison has also declared him mentally unstable because he declares being a Liberian Citizen and appointed Consul General,” she said.

She pointed out that the Bureau of Prisons in the United States has confirmed that Dr. York had a diagnosis of the Hereditary Angioedema disease and began to treat him earlier. Yet, since he was transferred to USP Florence ADMAX in Colorado and given a stringent solitary confinement with a complete disregard of the continuation of his treatment for the disease, York’s legal client said the U.S. will be completely violating her own constitution which calls for fair treatment before the law regardless of the degree of any crime said to have been committed by an individual.

Brussard named Metamorphopsia “Ocular Migraines” (both eyes), hypertension (high blood pressure), asthma and allergies, and other pains syndrome (bad knee pain that calls for the use of wheelchair) as some of the terrible diseases her client is now troubled by.

“Other diseases and unhealthy conditions uncovered from recent diagnosis and investigation, include Syncope (faints/black-outs not sure of the cause, his medication is governed by the prison), gum and tooth decay, muscle atrophy, bad nutrition, lack of access to sunshine and exercise,” she said.

Brussard alarmed that the disease that causes swelling of the major organs of the human body may kill Dr. York quick if care is not taken and his innocence of the crimes levied against him may not be brought to light.

The verdict handed down against Dr. York in 2004 was on federal charges of transporting minors across States for the purpose of sexual molestation, as well as racketeering and financial reporting violations.  But having disagreed with the verdict, friends and sympathizers of York have sought out facts and other legal means to disprove the charges against their leader and friend.

As to whether Dr. York truly renounced his U.S. citizenship upon naturalizing as a Liberian citizen and his subsequent appointment as Consular General in in the U.S. State of Georgia, Saqar Ahhah and Den Tut Rayay, two members of the Malachi York Foundation who are presently in Liberia to seek Liberian government’s intervention for the release of York, said their leader satisfied three of the four requirements as set under U.S. law for a citizen of the United States to renounce his or her citizenship.

According to U.S. Code § 1481 – Loss of nationality by native-born or naturalized citizen; voluntary action; burden of proof; presumptions:

A person who is a national of the United States whether by birth or naturalization, shall lose his nationality by voluntarily obtaining naturalization in a foreign state upon his own application or upon an application filed by a duly authorized agent, after having attained the age of eighteen years; taking an oath or making an affirmation or other formal declaration of allegiance to a foreign state or a political subdivision thereof, after having attained the age of eighteen years; entering, or serving in, the armed forces of a foreign state if such armed forces are engaged in hostilities against the United States, or serve as a commissioned or non-commissioned officer, etc.

Ahahh and Rayay said, other than serving in a foreign army, fighting against the U.S. in a military warfare, Dr. York traveled to Liberia and obtained his Liberian citizenship by naturalization, took oath of office in a competent Court of jursidiction in Liberia and subsequently accepted from former President Charles Ghankay Taylor an appointment to serve as Consul General in Georgia, USA.

“He has been a Liberian diplomat since the close of 1999 up to the day he was arrested and imprisoned,” Aahahh to the Daily Observer.

In so doing, Ahhah and Rayay, presented the Sixth Liberian Circuit Court’s judgment and a letter written to Dr. York from former President Taylor, appointing him to the post of Consul General with a clear reference that he is a Liberian diplomat and not guilty of the charges levied against him in the U.S.

Page 1 of Judgment from Liberia’s Sixth Circuit declaring Dr. York innocent of the crimes levied against him and ordering of Liberian government to repatriate him
Page 2 of the Sixth Circuit Court’s judgment declaring Dr. York innocent and depicting the need for the U.S. government to set him free and allow his repatriation to Liberia

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  1. The Liberian Government cannot make any determination whether or not anyone is innocent after being found GUILTY under United States competent Court of Jurisdiction. The Liberian Government DID NOT try the case and therefore cannot claim a GUILTY child trafficker and fraudster is innocent. The lawyer has never presented any facts to prove that the GUILTY pseudo Dr. York is innocent. She is spending money on propanganda in Liberian newspapers to release a criminal from U.S. prison. After pseudo Dr. York serves his term in United States Prison, he can move to Liberia and seek medical treatment and never return to the United States again.

    Where are the facts that the lawyer has to prove pseudo Dr. York is innocent? Why not show your evidence to the world? Why keep dwelling on issues that have nothing to do with the case? Just as you have posted all this jargon about diplomacy, go ahead and post all the proof you have about pseudo Dr. York’s innocence. Publish the proof that will set him free. Dr. York is GUILTY under United States law and belongs in United States prison.

    • You must not kno the legal system in America is not to produce justice but to reinforce white supremacy…..that’s why trump got elected…. the forefathers knew this and is exactly why the wrote what they did in the constitution….they knew… why not this generation….”component court” 😂😂😂… more like legal slave institutions…

      • Camai, playing the “race card” cannot, will not, and shall never, change anything for this very wicked paedophile and notorious hard core criminal York to be freed. He is serving his prison term, For your information, go to the Liberian Foreign Ministry and the US State Department, you will see that York’s diplomatic immunity was waved by the Liberian government. And that stripped him of being a diplomat; hence like any other common criminal.

    • Liberia and other African countries are not the puppets of the U.S. or any other foreign territory. If the world is truly to be fair and equitable for all people on this planet, international laws must be respected. This is not the U.S. but more specifically corrupt officials in the U.S. state of Georgia this case was farce and allowed them to cease over $5m in assets and land that we Africans of the diaspora owned and used year and year to congregate and celebrate our African roots and heritage as well as learn about our story in the America’s long before any European set foot on that part of the planet. At the time of the arrest programmes had commenced in the fields of medicine and construction to commence a student exchange program with Liberia and Africans here in the diaspora in partnership to enable Liberia and eventually other African countries to fulfil our collective potential. A Liberian Court ruled that their citizen must be repatriated looking at all of the facts the case – a federal or state court in the U.S. does not supercede international law or jurisdiction . Africa must assert its power no matter how small and show the world that it’s people are and always have been free and do not need it’s decisions second guessed or approved by any other foreign body to be legitimate.

    • Why are you people wasting time on this gbagbatee “once upon a time fly by night” diplomat now criminal who was appointed by another criminal Charles Taylor.

    • Rebuttal to Henry Thomas.
      Dear Sir. This is in response to your opinionated view of the factual article being posted in the paper. Being that Dr Malachi Kobina Yorke was and is a full Consul General (which would make him an officer of Liberia) The U.S government had no legal right to try him at all. And is in full breach of international law, and in violation to Liberia, being that Dr Yorke is a Full Consul General. Recognized as such by Liberia’s high court in 2004. What i find interesting about this, is that being so, why has he been allowed to be held illegally by the U.S. government for so long? Why would a court order of Liberia be ignored by the old government of Liberia for so long? Who had something to gain by letting this rather distinguished elder rot away illegelly since 2004? So before I go into detail as to why your view is wrong, I’d like it if you can answer these basic questions first.

  2. Ditto, Henry! That’s exactly my point. If He’s a legally appointed Consul of Liberia to the U.S., the State Department would have had a record of it with all the protective diplomatic protocol afforded him during his trial for violations of U.S laws. Pasting photocopies of some documents supposedly issued by a prior government of a nation, with no record of such in the official archive of the nation’s government for the current and future governments of Liberia, this plead is nothing but an attempt to defraud Liberians to pressure their government to foolishness get involve in a settled criminal case in the U.S. Dr. York’s Lawyer can appeal the lower court decision all the way up judicial order based on the factual predicate of his incarceration.

    • What she needs to post or placard is the documentation from the Liberian Foreign Ministry detailing the waving (stripping away) of York’s diplomatic status when the Liberian government became convinced that he had to face justice.

  3. WHAT LIBERIA SHOULD BE processing NOW, IS REVOKING THIS CRIMINAL´S Malachi Z. York´s NATURALIZED CITIZENSHIP! Kenneth Best should be ashamed of himself to be referring to Malachi Z. York as a “Liberian diplomat”, and conniving with this so called laywer boring people with the legitimate and legal imprisonment of this criminal Malachi Z. York, whose diplomatic immunity was long waved after his commission of the crimes and just prior to his prosecution and imprisonment.

    The man is not a Liberian diplomat. Malachi Z. York is naturalized Liberian citizen from THE VERY United States, who was granted Liberian diplomatic status by ex-President Charles G. Taylor, AND WAS RELIEVED OF HIS DIPLOMATIC STATUS AS THE RESULT OF HIS CRIMINAL LIABILITIES; AND IS NOW SERVING HIS TERM. WHAT LIBERIA SHOULD BE TALKING ABOUT NOW, IS REVOKING THIS CRIMINAL´S Malachi Z. York´s NATURALIZED CITIZENSHIP!

    • its interesting how we play judge and jury with no facts to our brothers and sisters it only matters when the situation is at our own door step this Elder been Prison for over 15yrs its sad how we have been taught to hate self and kind dr york will be free despite the hate!

    • You must work for the United States Embassy in Monrovia.. There’s NO way after seeing a man that was appointed in due form by our government as a Diplomatic Agent be allowed to suffer in a foreign prison.. I just researched the case.. why is he in solitary confinement in the United States most secure prison? I also see where several witnesses said they lied on the stand… What is Jesus’ name is going on? You probably also believe we are a $hithole country.. smh

  4. Mr. Gontee, so what does Kenneth Best have to do with all of this? This is an article written by a journalist. Speak with the journalist and don’t sensationalize this article. It must be most disturbing to most Liberians that this situation is occurring. Do we not know that you do not need to be a Liberian to be appointed as Honorary Consul or Honorary Consul General? What you should really be debating now is how come all of this evidence relating to Dr. York’s Liberian citizenship and diplomatic status was not presented during his initial trial. Relay facts and do not question the integrity of an honorable man like Kenneth Best.

  5. Two things.(1) Free Dr Malachi Z K York immediately….(2) Put all involved in his incarceration and torture in JAIL… imprison them all.

      • Its sad to see how Liberia feels about its own Judicial system.. the same judge that confirmed Dr Malachi Z York is now a judge representing this great nation in ECOWAS. Its also sad to see that America still has no respect for Africa or international laws.

      • 8 U.S. Code § 1481 – Loss of nationality by native-born or naturalized citizen; voluntary action; burden of proof; presumptions
        US Code

        (a) A person who is a national of the United States whether by birth or naturalization, shall lose his nationality by voluntarily performing any of the following acts with the intention of relinquishing United States nationality—
        (1) obtaining naturalization in a foreign state upon his own application or upon an application filed by a duly authorized agent, after having attained the age of eighteen years; or
        (2) taking an oath or making an affirmation or other formal declaration of allegiance to a foreign state or a political subdivision thereof, after having attained the age of eighteen years; or
        (3) entering, or serving in, the armed forces of a foreign state if (A) such armed forces are engaged in hostilities against the United States, or (B) such persons serve as a commissioned or non-commissioned officer; or
        (4)
        (A) accepting, serving in, or performing the duties of any office, post, or employment under the government of a foreign state or a political subdivision thereof, after attaining the age of eighteen years if he has or acquires the nationality of such foreign state; or (B) accepting, serving in, or performing the duties of any office, post, or employment under the government of a foreign state or a political subdivision thereof, after attaining the age of eighteen years for which office, post, or employment an oath, affirmation, or declaration of allegiance is required; or
        (5) making a formal renunciation of nationality before a diplomatic or consular officer of the United States in a foreign state, in such form as may be prescribed by the Secretary of State; or

        HE ONLY HAD TO ONE / HOWEVER HE DID THREE , TO BECOME A LIBERIAN NATURALIZED CITIZEN OF LIBERIA AND HE TOOK OFFICE IN GEORGIA

    • York must not get freed. Infact, Liberia must STRIP HIM OFF his so called naturalized Liberian citizenship.

      • I can see there is some sort of cover up.. Liberia needs to step up and make noise about this. This issue is an International Law issue.. and the United States can NOT continue to violate the International peremptory norms nor the Human Rights of a Liberian.. our Nation was BUILT on Naturalization of Negros.. so stop it

  6. this is interesting why is it easy to hate your own did you know dr york is prison because he work to build up the mind of the poor people of inner cities… he educated the youth that what he guilty of… 135yrs he did not kill anyone , he was not apart of crime group, he wrote books the very thing they hang black people georgia for.. how is ti ok for you to talk this way… you speak as if you know who doctor york is did you know the land that the State Of Georgia took from dr york that land was suppose to help Liberian Refugees…. what does that mean… it means that if dr york was never detained illegally the 476 acres of land should be developed enough to help the Liberians that are Being Deported Next year….. something to make you think. they only do things like this to black people… lets talk about the fact the state Of Georgia have dr york under a misnomer 10yr in a salutary confinement… of 16 yrs!!! international does not supersede federal ,or state….. ((strip him of his nationality)) like the Georgia did by Violating the Vienna convention on counselor relations and Vienna Convention on Diplomatic relations this is not something light… this is very interesting the lack of care for a human life…. no research just hate !!!!!! very interesting….

  7. Free dr Malachi z York. It’s obvious that he is innocent after researching his case. Clearly something or someone on the US SIDE OR LIBERIA SIDE IS COVERING SOMETHING UP. Why isn’t her free yet this is one of Liberia’s appointed consul general/ diplomats Liberia should have been come for his. The U.S AND LIBERIA ARE VIOLATING SO MANY INTERNATIONAL LAWS.

  8. Dr York
    Is something that none of you can understand, so it is pointless trying to explain something to unaware people.

  9. THESE ARE WORDS FROM THE GOVERNMENT KEY WITNESS:
    Back to the reason why I feel that it is important to tell the truth now, like I said, I could have told the truth before, but I was afraid. I felt that I was pressured to just go ahead with the story. I was being reminded how I was doing the right thing, that this is a good thing that I’m doing. I was doing the right thing and as well, I did have to remind myself that I could be incriminated. So, I felt that, ‘okay, if you tell me a hundred times that it’s the right thing to do, if that’s what all of the agents are telling me, then it is the right thing to do.’ I didn’t feel that it was the right thing to do, but I was being told it was the right thing to do. I felt really, really pressured. I know you can say that why don’t I feel pressured now; It’s not that I don’t feel pressured now, I just feel that the truth has to come out. There’s no way that any person in their right mind can go ahead and live the rest of their life knowing that they sent somebody to jail for life on lies. There is just no way. And there is no way I can live the rest of my life knowing that Malachi is going to spend the rest of his life in jail, knowing that Kathy is in jail now because of charges that we brought up against her. Every time I look at my children, I think about her children. I think about the fact that her children doesn’t have her and it’s not right, it’s just not right.
    THIS WHY DOCTOR YORK IS GOING TO BE FREE 1ST. HE WAS A INTERNATIONAL PROTECTED PERSON 2CD. THE CASE WAS A KANGAROO COURT !!!!! ,….. THEY HOPE THAT DR YORK WOULD OF DIED BY NOW SO THEY CAN JUST SWEEP EVERYTHING UNDER THE RUG!!!!!!! #WRONG!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Free Dr. York, revisit the facts of the case without being dismissive. Injustice and violations of international law have been committed time and time again against an entire nation of people.

  11. here are several facts here… Mr york became a naturlized citizen 1997.. He took Oath of Office in 1999…. the arrest took place in 2002 …. during his court case dr york was tortuerd said several times that the court did not have Jurisdiction…. the court diend Mr york Bond then put him under a misnomer Dwight D York which is sun Name…. the most interesting thing International Law is not Subordinate to federal and state…. 8 U.S. Code § 1481 – Loss of nationality by native-born or naturalized citizen; voluntary action; burden of proof; presumptions… this is the law that show how Mr york lost his citizenship…. also there was no one born in Boston Mass by the Name of Dwight .D. York Between the year 1941-1951….just some facts to share About Dr york…

  12. This is all illegal, they are just making up their own rules. Why even establish rules for everyone if everyone isn’t going to abide by them. There are endless facts for Dr. York but no evidence, none for him to be convicted not 1
    Rules and lies
    I’m so tryna get to my true way of living and live under my own nationality

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