IG Sudue Arrested, but Released by Court

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The courtroom of Criminal Court ‘C’ at the Temple of Justice was on Tuesday, January 21 scene of disbelief when Judge Nancy Sammy ordered the release of Inspector General of the Liberia National Police (LNP), Patrick Sudue, minutes after Sudue was turned over to the authority of the court.

Sudue was allowed to leave the court, where he had been placed on a prisoner bench for several minutes,  shortly after Solicitor General, Cllr. Sayma Syrenius Cephus, who accompanied Sudue, concluded a closed-door meeting with Judge Sammy, in the judge’s office.

Although the outcome of their discussion remained undisclosed, sources hinted the Daily Observer about the Solicitor General pleading with Judge Sammy to purge her writ of arrest against Sudue, on grounds that they were going to intervene to ensure the vehicles were turned over to the court. Upon which request, sources said, Judge Sammy released IG Sudue.

Hours after Sudue’s release and departure from the court, Information Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe surprisingly arrived on the scene, and was heard asking Cllr. Cephus outside of the courtroom about the status of the matter.

Criminal Court ‘C’ Judge Judge Nancy Sammy

After Cephus briefed Nagbe, it was when Nagbe was openly heard asking Cephus, “Let us go and find Sudue at the headquarters for us to find out about the vehicles.”

Tuesday’s incident started when Judge Sammy issued a writ of arrest against Sudue, due to his continued disrespect to the authority of the Supreme Court’s mandate.

Unfortunately, on Monday, January 20, when the court’s officer went to serve the arrest warrant on Sudue at his office at the LNP headquarters, the court’s officers claimed that they were insulted by Sudue.

“Upon entering the office of Inspector General Sudue, we were received by his assistant and when we got there and explained to Sudue that we have a writ of arrest to serve on him, and he should kindly walk with us to the court, he got emotional, insulted us and told us to get out of his office,” the court officers said, explaining their ordeal to Judge Sammy through a written communication.

Additionally, the court’s officers said, thereafter, Sudue told them that he is a presidential appointee, as such, he was going to place a call to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) because he was not going to follow the court officers.

Though Sudue received a copy of the writ, he, according to the court’s officers, began insulting them and recommended that they communicate with the United States Embassy near Monrovia where he said the keys for the vehicles were located.

Judge Sammy had earlier held Sudue in contempt of the court, after the police Inspector General failed to show-up to produce seven (7) vehicles that were in his possession, based on a mandate of the Supreme Court.

The vehicles have been a subject of a criminal trial before the court, dating back to 2016 when the government raised an alarm that the cars were stolen from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the United States of America (USA) and shipped to Liberia by Armstrong Tony Campbell to Sheak K. Brown.

Upon that accusation, the government retrieved the stolen vehicles and subsequently charged Campbell and Brown with multiple crimes that included theft of property, economic sabotage, smuggling, criminal conspiracy, and facilitation.

Prior to the arrest of the vehicles by then,  Sudue was not the Inspector General of the LNP; however, lawyers representing the legal interest of Campbell and Brown had told the court that shortly after Sudue ascended to the post of Inspector General, they personally delivered the keys of the vehicles to Sudue.

That revelation prompted Judge Sammy to summon Sudue to produce the keys to the vehicles, though Sudue, up to his surrender to the court, had failed to appear.

Interestingly, the jury had already exonerated Campbell and Brown of those charges levied against the pair by the government.

7 COMMENTS

  1. LIBERIA THAT I KNOW VERY WELL, THIS CASE IS DEAD JUST LIKE OTHER HIGH PROFILE CORRUPTION CASES. THEY WENT TO VARNEY SHERMAN’S HOUSE SOMETIME AGO AND ARRESTED HIM FOR SOME BRIBERY ISSUE, WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? THE SAME COURT SET EVERYONE INVOLVED IN THAT CASE FREE. THE COURT SET THEM FREE BECAUSE CORRUPTION IS NOT A CRIME UNDER THE LAWS OF LIBERIA AT ALL PERIOD. (JUST WATCH)

  2. This is what folks like Egune Farhgon called country of rules of laws, and want others to praise the Weah led administration. Only in Liberia this type of nonsense can be accepted without any form of punishment. Did I heard him saying because he is a presidential appointee, he will have to called the president first before going to the court. They think they are above the laws of Liberia and this is where to court need to strike very hard on such individuals hence sending a very clear message to everyone in authorities that, this type of behaviour will not be tolerated in our republic or maybe, the president needed to strike too on his police director instead of being mute and doing nothing. Albert Chie did the same and was slap on the wrist with $200 U. S funds.

    What are they thinking about the country and people they governed? They think they own Liberia and can do just whatever they pleased at will without negative reaction from Liberians? If president Weah really mean business to crack down on corruption in his administration, he need to start the cleaning up within his inner circle then the ordinary man stands no chance. You think corruption is by people stealing or misusing public assets? Corruption comes in so many ways and is deadly to the very existence and well being of mankind.

    Liberia is where she is today practically because of corruptions and yet, people in power don’t see anything wrong with the system. Our wealth is not equally distributed thus creating a gap between our people and ways of life. Start with payment of salaries and benefits to our law makers. Where is the rational to such corruption knowing very well that, this is wrong. Why should government be purchasing vehicles for lawmakers at $40.000.00 U. S dollars per vehicle considering the people you are representing barely surviving on a $2 a meal.

    We can not continued to doing business like before or Liberia will remain in ruin forever. What is wrong for doing the right things once,for god sake in the interest of Liberia? Our greatest enemy in Liberia is ourselves and until we as nation can declear or wage war on corruptions in Liberia, it will only become more deadly from generation to generation.

  3. Why is Minister Nagbe so eager to find out about the vehicles.
    It seems the Minister is interested in getting his cuts from them, huh?
    Is this what we call a “sovereign” country or Brigand’s Land?

  4. @JudgeNancySammy

    You just missed your golden opportunity to single-handedly force all Liberians and residents of the Republic of Liberia to obey the constitution and laws of the Republic of Liberia!

    If I were you, I would have kept the Inspector General of Police, Patrick Sudue, in jail in accordance with the penalty spelled out by the law for Contempt of Court.

    This would have been a very strong statement to him and his subordinates — because this arrest is probably a first in the history of the Republic of Liberia where officials of government believe that They Are Above The Law!

    Phewww…..

    Where is Madame Mary Broh when we need her…?

  5. Mr. Abednego Davis:

    The picture above is misleading because it is not IG Sudue’s! The picture is that of the Deputy IG, Mr. Marvin Sarkor.

    Wow!

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