LNP Declares Unity Party Secretary-General “A Wanted Man”

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By Tina Mehnpaine and Alvin Worzi

The Liberia National Police has declared the Secretary-General of the former ruling part, Mo Ali, as a wanted man and a threat to national security. 

According to the LNP, Mo Ali became a wanted man after he “refused” to show-up to their headquarters to answer questions relating to his March 1, 2021 Facebook  post that they believe caused the arson attacks on the headquarters of the National Elections Commission recently. 

In the Facebook post, Mo Ali wrote: “Dear National Elections Commission (NEC), we understand the ploy. But try it and you will see what is gonna be the end result.” 

Mo Ali March 1, 2021 Facebook Post.

The LNP also believes that Ali’s Facebook post might be linked to the recent arson attacks on the home of Justice Joseph Nagbe. 

“Ali was due to visit the headquarters of the LNP for questions but he has since refused. Mo Ali committed himself to appear at the LNP’s headquarters and we granted him the opportunity to come along with his lawyers. We expected him yesterday March 18, 2021, but failed to come and today, we also expected him to be here at 10.A.m but also failed to show up again,” said Moses Carter, the police spokesperson.

.“Therefore, the police declare Ali a wanted man, a fugitive, and a threat to national security and will have him arrested anywhere he is seen,” Carter told newsmen on March 19, 2021, at the LNP’s Headquarters in Monrovia.

Meanwhile, Mo Ali has denied the police allegation that he is a fugitive but missed the meeting due to illness, a situation that prompted his lawyer to communicate with them to reschedule it.  “I was only cited to a conference, so if I refused to attend, LNP can press charges and not declare me a wanted person,” Mo Ali told the Daily Observer.

Also one of Mo Ali’s lawyers has described the police categorization of his client as laughable and funny— arguing that it cannot hold any legal ground.

“Moses makes his statement without knowing something about it. Such a statement has endangered the lives of the man and his family…The man is represented by his lawyers, so I don’t understand why we were not contacted further after we had told them about his absence,” Cllr. Philip Kangar said.

Mo Ali lawyers communication to the police.

Carter further that “Mo was expected to arrive at the LNP headquarters by 10 a.m., however, by 11:50 a.m., his lawyers wrote the Inspector General, Patrick Sudue, to postpone the meeting to March 21, 2021, at 10 a.m., citing health reasons.” 

The LNP spokesman noted that the letter from Ali’s lawyers came after they had given the police the assurance that their client was going to be available for questioning. 

Eelier, the police has informed Mo Ali that they “noticed incidents of petrol bombs thrown at the residence of associate Justice, Joseph Nagbe and the headquarters of NEC respectively, leaving properties damaged” few weeks after his post were made.

“In view of the herein, coupled with the task assigned thereon to us to protect life and property, it is prudent sir, that we have a conversation with you regarding the motive and intent of your post. The scheduled date for your appearance is March 19 2021 at 10:00 a.m.”. 

The police invitation to Ali comes 18 days after Ali, on March 1, 2021, made an ambiguous Facebook post, warning the electoral body to stop delaying the certification of Lofa County Senator-elect Brownie Samukai. For Ali and his peers in the opposition community, the ruling party is using NEC to stop Senator-elect Samukai from being inaugurated as Senator of Lofa County. 

Carter added that since Ali has been given the opportunity to attend the questioning voluntarily and failed, they will have him arrest this time around to face the law.

According to Carter, they are clampdown on free speech, stating “every free speech comes with responsibility and we remain very resolute in jealously protecting the peace and stability of this country.”

12 COMMENTS

  1. This is what the police should be doing to curtail the nuisance!
    National security threats are looming with terroristic agenda with some elements within the oppositon

    Liberia is a soveirgn nation, why should the National Electipns Commission of the country be bombed including the residence of an Associate Supreme Court Justice?
    If care is not taken, some elements of the opposition

  2. So he Mo Ali only got sick after he was invited by the authorities for his terroristic statements which were subsequently followed by acts of terror such as bombing and arson on the life and property of an associate justice and the NEC adjudicating cases involving his party?

    And when invited for questioning by the police, he all of a sudden metamorphoses into a kid who ”made statements of his anticipated acts of terror without knowing something about it”????

    Finley, as I said recently, you are an incompetent lawyer only ”good” at being an accomplice to fugitives.

    You must be out of your mind to rant such a reckless rubbish that ”Such a statement has endangered the lives of the man and his family…”, when the very statements, by all implications, were anticipatory statements intended to be acted upon, and which were carried out against the very targets.

    Look, Mr. Karngar, while you believe it is in the best interest of your clients to end up as fugitives after committing their crimes (terror, bombing, fraud, forgery, arson, etc), since you lack the competence to erect an indomitable defense as any hard hitting advocate should be able to demonstrate whether for or against, know ye henceforth that

    (1) the law makes no distinction between DIRECT EVIDENCE AND CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCE (Mo Ali’s ANTICIPATED statements of terror and the terror inflicted on his targets) AS TO THE DEGREE OF PROOF REQUIRED, EACH IS A REASONABLE METHOD OF PROOF. And

    (2) Each is respected for such convincing force as it may carry. For as long as there exists a logical and convincing connection between the facts established and the conclusion concurred.

    Mo Ali is a terrorist. The Government MUST NOT AWAIT the execution of his terrorist acts! The government must preempt any further acts of terror on his part by arresting him forthwith even with the collaboration of INTERPOL, since THE GOVERNMENT has the constitutional mandate to intervene and prevent acts of terror, etc.in order to inter alia ensure that society is free from more impending harm and or his acts or their (eg. Numalin, Ali, etc) acts of terroristic attack upon the nation are decimated!!

  3. By itself Mo Ali’s statement may seem benign, but in the context of subsequent acts of terror at NEC, there is a probable cause to probe linkage. However, declaring a well-known personality (not on the run) a “wanted man” could convey a wrong perception of political witch-hunting. Let the security sector reign in emotionally-driven overreacting to properly investigate these grave cases, and charge culprits to court. After all, policing response need not be alarmist to be effective.

    Most importantly, these cases shouldn’t end up unresolved. For example, like the 2019 burning down of a police station in Margibi County, and the wanton murders of auditors. Because those failures only enabled further acts of public violence by individuals convinced of Police inefficiency. If armed robbers are making communities unsafe, and political terrorists go on the loose, Liberia would be seen as a risky destination to do business, or visit as a tourist. Let us take a holistic view of these public safety issues, and better prepare our security sector institutions to disrupt tangible threats swiftly and effectively.

    • Mr. Moses,
      Thanks so much for sharing your professional opinions on critical issues impacting the security sector of our Nation. With your vast knowledge in the security sector, I certainly agree with your views on the looming dander facing our Nation under the leadership of President Weah. My fear is that if these wanton murders of Liberians in cold blood, which have literally become daily occurrences in our society are not investigated, our society will be headed for another repeat of our ugly past.

    • Mr. Moses, CONTEXTUALLY, circumstantially, deductively, and national security or public safety wise, Mo Ali’s statement IS MALIGN AND TERRORISTIC! Hence, far far far from ”seeming to been benign”!!

      In other words, taking into account the dictates of ensuring that the priority of public safety and national security ARE NOT OVERRIDEN by any obsession with divergent political opinion or whichever public perception…political opinion or public perception which should be the lot of the prosecutor..

      That is, certainly, we do appreciate your concerns about political or public perception!

      But of course, given THE CONTEXT OR THE “CLIMATE“, no responsible law enforcement institution, agency, or national security apparatus, would or should ever allow the factor of political opinion or public perception to override the priority of public safety and national security! That public opinion or public perception concern should be the prerogative or ”sleepless nights” of the prosecutor, AND NOT THE POLICE!

      So, unless

      (1) one has a different understanding of EMPIRICISM OR RATIONALISM (viz inter alia law enforcement and the criminal justice processes), with what THE POLICE has on record with this very legal counsel Karngar Finley regarding his being, by all implications, an aider and abettor of people fleeing law enforcement questioning and justice after he their legal counsel has affixed his signatures on police affidavits and other police documentations to have them physically appear for investigation, THE POLICE

      (2) declaring Mo Ali a WANTED MAN IS LEGITIMATE AND CONSISTENT WITH THE JURISPRUDENCE OF PUBLIC SAFETY, AND THE LAW OF PUBLIC ORDER, at least,

      (3) as hinted supra, taking into account the dictates of ensuring that the priority of public safety and national security ARE NOT OVERRIDEN by any obsession with divergent political opinion or whichever public perception, since of course,

      (4) any such misstep on disregarding and or flouting the foregoing dictates would be the consequence of not adhering to the PRIMARY DUTY TO CARE, the phenomena of EMPIRICISM, RATIONALISM, ETC. ETC. !!!

  4. Such behavior should not be given a platform to rant threatening message against the board of the national election commission of Liberia during so is an act of terrorist.librria is devolving around inappropriate meltdown of it society from 15 years war and trying to maintain the peace.let us not make the mistake again when some unpolitical elements within the opposition party just go on the air and invite trouble from the ruling party inciting insurrection and violence destroying life and property.today, the media are giving those individuals the platform to incite violence.

  5. Why declare a citizen of the Republic of Liberia, a “WANTED MAN”? Is Liberia’s Minister of Justice & Attorney General and the Solicitor General, Cllrs. Frank Mousa Dean and Sayma Syrenius Cephus at this stage confessing to Liberia and the world that they have fallen short of the requisite professional strategy, capability, knowledge, and full understanding and appreciation of Liberia’s Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure Law, so much so that both the Attorney General and Solicitor General are sitting on their hands and feet and permitting the Liberian National Police (LNP) to apparently use politics to raise the political, economic and security temperature of Liberia unnecessarily? Do Liberia’s AG and SG know that the careless and irresponsible creation of conflict/fear in Liberia has the propensity to frighten away investors, Liberia’s international partners, and the needed resources required to help develop Liberia? Why are Cllrs Cephus and Dean not professionally speaking to this matter?

    Instead of permitting the LNP to in a reckless form and manner declare a Liberian citizen, a “WANTED MAN”, for his free speech, if the Government of Liberia headed by President George Manneh Weah thinks, Strongly believes, and has clear and unequivocal evidence/proof that Mr. Mo Ali, the Secretary-General of Unity Party (UP) is responsible for the attacks on the home of Mr. Justice Nagbe and premises of the National Elections Commission (NEC) and if the GoL believes that Mr. Mo Ali and his supporters threw the bombs at those premises, Cllrs. Frank Mousa Dean and Sayma Syrenius Cephus, Liberia’s Minister of Justice & Attorney General, and Solicitor General need to swiftly proceed and accordingly indict, pray for a writ of arrest, and have the officers of Liberia’s Courts to arrest Mr. Mo Ali and prosecute him consistent with our law. If the AG and SG think and have no evidence to prove that Mr. Mo Ali committed the alleged terroristic acts at the home of Mr. Justice Nagbe and National Elections Commission(NEC)’s premises, then Cllrs. Dean (AG) and Cephus (SG), need to swiftly instruct and advise the Liberian National Police (LNP) to withdraw its order that declared Mr. Mo Ali, a” WANTED MAN” in Liberia.

    In the Republic of Liberia, our Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure Law, provide that an accused is innocent until proved guilty by the State, the Republic of Liberia. No accused is required to incriminate him/herself or anyone associated with him/her. Under the strength and spirit of our Law, Mr. Mo Ali, the Secretary-General of the Unity Party (UP), has the right and he may choose to answer to a summons issued by the LNP, appear, or not to appear to honor an investigation set by the Liberia National Police (LNP).

    Below is the clear instruction and directive of Liberia’s Criminal Procedure Law – Title 2 – Liberian Code of Laws Revised § 21.3. Self-incrimination; privilege and exceptions.

    Every natural person has a privilege to refuse to disclose in any action or proceeding, civil, criminal, quasi-criminal or administrative, or to a public official of the Republic or any governmental agency or division thereof, any matter that may incriminate him, subject to the following:

    (a) A public official or any person who engages in any activity, occupation, profession, or calling does not have the privilege to refuse to disclose any matter which the statutes or regulations governing the office, activity, occupation, profession, or calling require him to record or report or disclose concerning it;

    (b) A person who is an officer, agent, or employee of a corporation or other association, does not have the privilege to refuse to disclose any matter which the statutes or regulations governing the corporation or association or the conduct of its business require him to record or report or disclose.

    The burden of proof in a criminal case shall always rest on the State, the Republic of Liberia, and not on the defendant. Hence, Mr. Mo Ali, the Secretary-General of UP, has no obligation to appear at the LNP and testify to the LNP’s planned investigation.

    • Mr. Jayweh, proving one a perpetrator following an attack is the lot of the prosecutor. AND NOT THE POLICE! THE POLICE initiates this process by carrying out questioning and investigation for discovery proper. ”Free speech” carries with it responsibility! ARTICLE 15 A OF THE LIBERIAN CONSTITUTION!

      Whether a Liberian citizen or an alien or foreigner, any such persons within the territorial jurisdiction of the Republic of Liberia (OR WITHIN ANY OTHER SOVEREIGN TERRITORIAL JURISDICTION) IS NEVER EVER IMMUNE from being declared ”A WANTED MAN” when

      (1) THE POLICE has reason to believe such a person is a wanted man after THE POLICE has invited such person for questioning or investigation following

      (2) his terroristic threats which were followed by violent and dangerous bombing and arson attacks on the life and properties of the very targets in his terroristic threats. In short,

      (3) once the law enforcement institution (THE POLICE) has reason or reasons to believe that such person has decided to flee justice, THE POLICE has the constitutional and statutory mandate to declare such person ”A WANTED MAN”! IT IS

      (4)THE PROSECUTOR WHO HAS THE BURDEN TO PROVE THE CASE AGAINST SUCH PERSON, AND NOT THE POLICE, as seem to suggest here.

      So, unless

      (5) one has a different understanding of EMPIRICISM OR RATIONALISM (viz inter alia law enforcement and the criminal justice processes), with what THE POLICE has on record with this very legal counsel Karngar Finley regarding his being, by all implications, an aider and abettor of people fleeing law enforcement questioning and justice after he their legal counsel has affixed his signatures on police affidavits and other police documentations to have them physically appear for investigation, THE POLICE

      (6) declaring Mo Ali ”A WANTED MAN” IS LEGITIMATE AND CONSISTENT WITH THE JURISPRUDENCE OF PUBLIC SAFETY, THE LAW OF PUBLIC ORDER, AND POLICE LAW ENFORCEMENT.

  6. If Mo Ali is a Fulani, at least we know his identity. What about you, the so-called “true nationalist”? Why can’t you reveal your identity? Absent any information as to your true identity, you’re simply a ghost or a COWARD in the eyes of the public. Be man enough to reveal who you are.

    For you and other apologists of the ruling establishment, here’s a question to ponder over: What if there are operatives of the ruling establishment who, preying on recent happenings, would throw petrol bombs just to scapegoat the opposition?

  7. Alston C. Armah, that Mo Ali is a Fulani IS IMMUTABLE. Identity via name or nomenclature IS NOT FUNDAMENTAL, hence not actually relevant. With regards to your question in your final paragraph, that is why the process begins with the ”swinging into action” of the given law enforcement institution…as you have seen THE POLICE in its modus vivendi. A POLICE LAW ENFORCEMENT is too much of a think tank and an action tank, or a ”discovery world” to only focus on a single ”beat”. A hint to the wise is quite…..?

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