The main opposition party, Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), is denying that there is an arrest warrant in the United States for its leader and presumptive candidate for president, George Oppong Weah, the Voice of America (VOA) has reported.
A local media reported on Monday that a court in the U.S. State of Georgia has issued a warrant for Weah’s arrest for child abandonment and failure to pay child support.
Court withdraws the arrest warrant
According to the VOA, Mulbah Morlue, vice chairman for operations and mobilization for the CDC, says that warrant is no longer in effect.
“The speculation that there is an arrest warrant for Mr. Weah quoting court sources is just not true. While it is true that a court document published on the 18th talked about the warrant, but also the same court issued another document that neutralizes or withdraws that court file of April 18. So as we speak, there is no arrest warrant for Mr. Weah,” Morlue said.
He said the case in the Georgia court is “politically motivated” so as to diminish Weah’s popularity ahead of the elections in 2017.
There was a child support petition filed
Kenna White, the clerk of the court for criminal hearings of the Newton County Court in Covington, Georgia, confirmed to VOA that a petition was filed by Meapeh Gono Glay, the mother of Weah’s 10-year-old daughter. The court official also confirmed that a hearing has been scheduled for May 11.
According to one account, the court had ordered that “the father shall pay child support in the amount of US$1,000 per month commencing May 1, to be paid on the 1st day of each month, and continuing every month thereafter until further order of the court.”
A document shown to VOA, according to the report, shows that on February 25, one Laureen J. Mullins, Weah’s attorney, paid US$162 to the court, “authorized by my client for the needs of the minor child.”
But Morlue admits that Weah had a relationship with Miss Gono Glay, and does not deny fathering a child.
“It is a normal relationship. As with any couple anywhere in the world or people who have had interaction in the past. So regarding his child, Mr. Weah has always cared for children, not just his own but children of the world, children of Africa, and Liberia. So he cannot be the kind of person that abandons a child as is speculated in the complaint filed by the individual,” Morlue said.
Last Thursday, Montserrado Senator Weah accepted a petition from tens of thousands of his supporters to run for president in the coming 2017 elections. Weah, who is now a first-term Senator for Montserrado County, first ran for president in 2005 and came in second to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. He ran again in 2011, this time as a vice president to Winston Tubman, a lawyer by profession; and again his party came in second to President Sirleaf.
Morlue said the case in the Georgia court is “politically motivated” by people he called “domestic state actors” to try to diminish Weah’s popularity ahead of the election.
“Madam Gono Glay happens to be the former secretary general of the Alternative National Congress party (ANC), a party that broke away from the CDC, influenced by domestic state actors to try to diminish the popularity of Mr. Weah and the CDC. But how be it, we respect the rights of children, we respect the rights of women. So we are not going to be castigating her. “We simply want to provide details that Mr. Weah is not wanted anywhere in the world and there is no arrest warrant for him,” Morlue said.
Meanwhile, Mr. Morlue has called for the retraction of the report which claimed that an arrest warrant has been issued for Mr. Weah. Morlue says the action of the court on April 26 withdraws the April 18 warrant.
The VOA gathered that several attempts made to get a reaction from Weah or the CDC implied that there was an effort by some in the party to suppress the story.