Court Acknowledges Gov’t Abandons Yeaten’s Prosecution

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Ex-Taylor SSS Director Yeaten indicted for murdering Yormie and Vaye

Exactly nine (9) years after the government indicted former Special Security Service (SSS) now (Executive Protection Service), Director Benjamin Yeaten of murdering two prominent individuals, John W. Yormie, the then deputy minister for operation at the Ministry of National Security (NSA) and Isaac Vaye also deputy minister for Technical Service at the Public Works, it appears government has for all purposes abandoned prosecutorial action. There has hardly been any efforts since by the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) to bring Yeaten to justice.

Since 2009, Special jurors for Montserrado County, on January 9, 2009 at the Temple of Justice drew up the indictment against defendant Yeaten based on testimonies and documentary evidences of the deceased widows, Cynthia Howard Yormie and Suzana Vaye, who are in desperate need of justice for the alleged cold-blooded murder of their husbands.

However, staffers (name withheld) at Criminal Court ‘A’ where Yeaten is expected to defend himself against murder charges confided to the Daily Observer yesterday about prosecution’s abandonment of the case. “Look this case has been on the court’s docket since 2009 and there is no document pointing to the fact that government was interested in bringing Yeaten to justice,” one of the staffs told our reporter who had gone to inspect the court’s docket to ascertain whether the case was placed on its docket for the August Term of Court.

Another staff said, “Even the prosecution has not been able to issue an international arrest warrant or to either serve him with the court indictment. But, if there were a lawyer for Yeaten he would had relied on that to file a motion for dismissal of the matter; interestingly, there is no document before the court in that direction which could likely make the defendant a free man.”

The question remains whether President George Weah would behave like his predecessor, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to deprive Cynthia Howard Yormie and Suzana Vaye the justice they have sought for their husbands since nine (9) years ago. In their quest for justice, both Cynthia and Suzana claimed that in November 1997 and up to June 5 and 8 of 2003, defendant Yeaten maliciously and intentionally shot and ordered the shooting and execution of John W. Yormie, the then deputy minister for operation at the Ministry of National Security (NSA) and Isaac Vaye also deputy minister for Technical Service at the Public Works.

Both widows also claimed that defendant Yeaten authorized the murder of former Minister of Internal Affairs, Samuel Dokie and members of his family. Cynthia, in her testimony explained that on the night of June 5, 2003, defendant Yeaten sent for her husband with information that Yormie was needed by jailed former President Charles G. Taylor.

She claimed that her husband was taken from their residence along with Isaac Vaye, on that same night of June 5, in a light Blue Jeep marked 1249-BC and a SSS vehicle also with license plate SSS-18 and escorted by two armed men, Junior Nyantee and another person who she identified only as Banana, both of whom were Aides de Camp to Taylor.

She however claimed that on June 7, 2003, defendant Yeaten acknowledged to her and Mrs. Vaye, and in the presence of other female citizens of Nimba County that the two arrested men were in his custody and that he would release them the next day, June 8. From that time, Madam Yormie said, they have never seen their husbands alive, but have learnt that they were instead killed upon the orders of defendant Yeaten.

Cynthia also claimed that her husband was personally shot in the head by defendant Yeaten in the area she named as CNC at a cross-road between Bilpa and Bainlakpala, in Nimba County. His lifeless body was said to have been deposited in a well around the LPRC Oil Terminal Sub-Station, in Ganta, Nimba county.

Suzana, for her part,  claimed that her husband was shot by Yeaten’s special forces who were part of his guard and over whom he had direct control. Suzana further claimed that her husband’s body was also dumped in the same well around the LPRC Oil Terminal Sub-Station, in Ganta, Nimba County.

“The deaths of our husbands were acknowledged by President Taylor himself who also sent his then Vice President the late Moses Blah, Harrison Narnway and Prince Myer to inform us about our husbands death,” the widows indicated in their testimony to the jurors.

At this point it remains unclear whether the matter has been declared a cold case given the length of time it has lingered on the court’s docket.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. we walk among murderors and rapists. They are in our government and in our communities. The country is sick and rotten and our people are crying. Only God will help us. Our senators and officials are too busy checking time on their Rolex watches.

  2. There’s got to be a consequence for wrongdoing. Yeaten and others who terrorized Liberia must serve their time. Charles Taylor is serving his time for the crimes he committed during the war years.
    The war years of Liberia were horrendous! Not only did hundreds of innocent people passed on (including my oldest sister), but the institutions of government came to a halt. As a result of the problems that Liberians encountered during those sad years, certain things are not going on too well in our country. Of course, Weah is not to be blamed, I could be wrong here. All of us, whether rooted or unrooted, need to understand that in order for us to build a better Liberia, we ought to put aside our differences. Just for the common good of the country. But I stand by my word without reservations. Those criminals who destroyed civilization as we know during the war years must be tried. If they are found guilty, they must do the time!
    Amen!

  3. The government of the Republic of Liberia can be likened to a politically defective engine , with a lot of faulty parts/components. In order to ensure “norminal engine performance”, all these defective components/parts will have to be replaced.

    In plane English, remove all corrupted individuals, those who committed atrocities (whether politically active at present or not) from the government and prosecute them in accordance with national and international law whichever applicable! This will serve as a deterrent!

    • Correction!
      The government of the Republic of Liberia can be likened to a politically defective engine , with a lot of faulty parts/components. In order to ensure “norminal engine performance”, all these defective components/parts will have to be replaced (overhaul the engine and replace defective parts).

      In plain English, remove all corrupted individuals, those who committed atrocities (whether politically active at present or not) from the government (assuming they work for the government) and prosecute them in accordance with national and international law whichever applicable! This will serve as a deterrent!

  4. The Liberian government has a very poor record of following through with prosecutions. They indict people but there is never a trial and the case eventually dies. The justice system is a corrupt cartel. What a shame!

  5. Mr. Call Me John Doe and Phil:
    I philosophically agree with y’all. The two of you have made some valid points. The problem is that the old rusty stage actors are entrenched, confortable and illiberal. So, any attempt to replace and revamp the criminal justice system could cause pain and sorrow. The big whigs have many ways to untangle themselves from the web of corruption. Phil and John Doe, consider the Ja’neh impeachment case. Some Nimba elders are fighting for some kind of clemency for Ja’neh. Who do you think in your wildest imagination is pushing the elders of Nimba to beg for Ja’neh’s clemency? My common sense dictates to me that Ja’neh is secretly involved in this murky deal. In other words, the gentleman is trying hard to extricate himself from any trouble that could spell doom and glum for him. Eventually, Ja’neh will be tried and probably convicted if the stars are not properly aligned in his favor. But should in case he’s convicted, the case dies a slow painful death in three months.

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