Deputy Police Commissioner Flogs Junior Officer for ‘Loving to his Fiancée’

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John Saah, Deputy Police Commissioner and Chief of Public Safety

-Charged and forwarded to court for prosecution

John Saah, the deputy commissioner and chief of public safety of the Liberia National Police (LNP), accused of authorizing the flogging of a Police Inspector Mark Kardamie for having  extra-marital affairs with the commissioner’s fiancée, has been charged and forwarded to the Monrovia City Court for prosecution.

Saah, together with Superintendent Kais Sampson, Chris Doe and Rodney Macauley of the Major Crimes Unit, are currently standing trial for the commission of the crime of aggravated assault. Earlier, Associate Magistrate Eric Cooper had written Police Inspector General (IG) Patrick Sudue to have  the defendants attend the court’s hearing into the matter.

A document, addressed to IG Sudue, and obtained from the court by the Daily Observer, supported Magistrate Cooper’s claim about the refusal of the accused to appear before the court, despite numerous communications from the court for them to do so.

Officer Mark Kardamie, while treating wounds he sustained from the flogging.

The communication, dated June 28 and signed by Associate Magistrate Cooper, requested IG Sudue to disrobe and turn the officers over to the court on July 2, but that request Sudue allegedly failed to honor.

“These officers are currently before the court for trial for the crime of aggravated assault, but have appeared in court in their official police uniforms contrary to our laws regarding appearance of offices before court for trial,” the letter claimed.

Cooper’s letter complained that Saah and his men, though they were released after posting US$5,000 bond, failed, refused and neglected to appear before the court to commence their case.

The case against Saah and his colleagues stemmed from a letter written to Police Inspector-General Sudue by Senator Thomas Grupee of Nimba County, also chairman on the Senate Committee on National Defense, Intelligence and Veteran Affairs , in which the lawmaker informed Sudue to conduct an immediate probe of Inspector Kardamie’s complaint against Saah and the other officers.

“I mandate that you launch an immediate investigation into the matter and furnish the committee with your findings within a week, upon  receipt of this communication as the nature of the case involves the image of the LNP, which is one of the prominent concerns of the committee,” Grupee’s letter, dated May 21, 2018, said.

It was based on that communication that Sudue  launched an immediate investigation that led to the imposition of aggravated assault charges against Saah and the other officers.

Before Grupee’s letter demanding an immediate investigation, on March 27, Kardamie complained to Sudue against Saah and Sampson, accusing them of committing unethical breaches of his rights.

That communication was ignored by Sudue, which led Kardamie to write a letter of complaint to Sen. Grupee. The action led to the subsequent charges against the accused that includes Saah.

In that complaint, Kardamie explained that his ordeal started in 2016, when he and Sampson transacted the sale of a Black Camry vehicle, which Sampson refused to pay. Therefore, Kardamie decided to lodge a complaint against Sampson to then IG Gregory Coleman and the LNP’s Professional Standards Division.

In his complaint Kardamie claimed that Saah had also accused him of being in ‘extra-marital affair’ with his fiancée (not named).

Kardamie also claimed that he does not know the lady in question.

“Because of that, I have been humiliated and subjected to torture by the two senior officers,” Kardamie’s letter to Sen. Grupee alleged.

Kardamie explained further that in 2016, while on his way home from the United Methodist University (UMU), where he attends, before reaching the Ashmum Street’s Metro 2 Police Depot, Superintendent Sampson approached him and inquired whether he had received his money from the LNP’s Professional Standard Division, where Kardamie had lodged a complaint him about his refusal to pay for his vehicle.

While he and Sampson were conversing about the transaction, Kardamie claimed that Sampson swore to not pay him a penny.

Afterwards, Kardamie alleged that Sampson gave orders to the other officers to get him out of his sight “because I was disturbing him, so they beat me unmercifully.”

At that moment, Kardamie claimed that one of Sampson’s bodyguards, identified as Mack Kollie, held him from the back and they started beating him right in front of Sampson, who stood there without saying a word.

In the process of breaking loose from Sampson’s men, Kardamie claimed that Saah arrived on the scene and began to hit him on his head with the handset radio that caused him to bleed profusely from the head.

Scar on Mark Kardamie’s head after he was reportedly flogged

“When I lay on the ground bleeding, Saah ordered that I be dragged from in front of the police depot which the officers did,” Kardamie claimed in the letter.

Kardamie also said that Saah and Sampson told him that they know IG Sudue personally and, as such, whatsoever they would do, nothing will come out of it.

After the incident, Kardamie claimed that he wrote IG Sudue on March 27 and made several follows-ups, but to no avail. It was when Kardamie claimed that Sudue set an April 13 date for them to meet him at his conference room.

Unfortunately, Kardamie alleged, Sudue through one of his female officers, told him about the cancellation of the Sudue’s called meeting.

Since then, Kardamie claimed Sudue, through aware of his complaint, was yet to reschedule the meeting.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. So the police is above the law in Liberia? And this same semi-literate Sudu has been heard at some of his lousy press conferences saying, “not even the police is above the law?” How come he ignored the order of the court to turn the defendants over? And what kind of court system could be operating in Liberia, when judges or courts have to be negotiating with government officials to turn over fugitives? Do Liberian courts not have the legal power to go after anybody for committing crimes for which they are wanted? Of course, this couldn’t be a poor Joe blow ignoring court order. That poor person would be dragged to court before they would gap their eye, as we’d say. This is a disgrace to justice and law and order in Liberia. I don’t know how our law enforcers think non-Liberians would see or interpret these kinds of lawlessness to encourage them to not only visit, but do business in Liberia? Or don’t our legal and law enforcers know that these are the indices by which the practice of law is formulated for a country? SMDH!

  2. Sudue is a challenged commissioner. This guy is irrational and acts based on emotions. The police trample on the rights of the people it should protect and they do this everyday. However, it is good it is happening to one their own – let them have a dose of their own wickedness. But don’t mistake me, those thugs most be prosecuted for assault and disrobe for their unethical conduct.

    Trust me, there’s something the police called standard board which is only in name, and run by idiots who think they are also above the law.

  3. A judge summons a police officer , yet he fails to appear before the court ? Wow! Welcome to our country where the rule of “unlawfulness” is the order of the day! We have to change the course of action and mindset in this country! We can’t keep going on like this. There has to be some order!

  4. I was really hoping for the new police chief to succeed, but it seems he’s a little low on brain power.
    There’s a saying, to break the rule, you need to understand what the rule is

  5. If Scumbag Saah (Deputy Commissioner) is found guilty of authorizing the flogging of Officer Mark Kardamie, the judge should order that Saah be flogged the same way as his victim (officer Mark) !!

    It’s time to show these power drunken punks that no one is above the law. Spare the rod, spoil the deputy commissioner!

  6. It is inconceivable how the police in Liberia behaves to the citizens they profess to defend. And the judge, too, what in hell is he doing being a judge and the police chief and officers are defying his orders? He needs to be fired too. Actually there’s no order in Liberia and I am afraid if things continue to be as they are, Liberia will never attract investors. Do you mean a Liberia citizen is being treated like this in his own country! What a shame! Sudue needs to resign or be fired for support rogue senior officers. This is nothing short of abuse of power. We said this before about the CDC thugs.

  7. The action of the Deputy Superintendent Mr. Saah, is inappropriate. Saah has no legal right to order the spanking of a young police officer who got involved romatically with Saah’s so-called fiancee. Okay, assuming that justice has been served in the eyes of Saah by spanking Mark Kardamie, did Saah spank his fiancee as well? Why not? Saah’s fiancee deserves spanking. If Saah did not spank his fiancee for having had sex with a charming young guy, then it is fair to say that justice has not been fully served yet.

    Furthermore, by having sex with a young police officer, Saah’s fiancee proves that Saah himself is unwanted and useless. There is no other way to interpret this mess. Saah will be better served by dumping his fiancee. If Saah acts stupid and marries the said fiancee, Saah will blame his conscience for the rest of his life. Finally, Saah ought to know that his fiancee’s sexual escapade is a harbinger.

  8. The action of the Deputy Superintendent Mr. Saah, is inappropriate. Saah has no legal right to order the spanking of a young police officer who got involved romatically with Saah’s so-called fiancee. Okay, assuming that justice has been served in the eyes of Saah by spanking Mark Kardamie, did Saah spank his fiancee as well? Why not? Saah’s fiancee deserves spanking. If Saah did not spank his fiancee for having had sex with a charming young guy, then it is fair to say that justice has not been fully served yet.

    Furthermore, by having sex with a young police officer, Saah’s fiancee proves that Saah himself is unwanted and useless. There is no other way to interpret this mess. Saah will be better served by dumping his fiancee. If Saah acts stupid and marries the said fiancee, Saah will blame his conscience for the rest of his life. Finally, Saah ought to know that his fiancee’s sexual escapade is a harbinger.

    The Superintendent should really have his day in court. Hopefully, justice will be served all across the board.

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