LNP’s Action against Ali Contradicts the Law

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"The actions by the government to declare the National Secretary-General of the Unity Party wanted without being charged with any crime is a violation of his rights and endangers him and his family," said Cornelia Kruah-Togba, the National Assistant Secretary-General for Press, Publicity, and Outreach.

— Says Unity Party 

The former ruling Unity Party (UP) has denounced the declaration by the Liberia National Police that its Secretary-General is a fugitive and threat to national security.

In a press release, the UP argued that the police declaration contradicts the law of the country and an attempt to intimidate and prosecute members of the opposition who have objectively spoken against socio-political ills, as well as, censor the views of the opposition.

“The actions by the government to declare the National Secretary-General of the Unity Party wanted without being charged with any crime is a violation of his rights and endangers him and his family,” said Cornelia Kruah-Togba, the National Assistant Secretary-General for Press, Publicity, and Outreach.

The Secretary-General of the party was yesterday on March 19, 2021, declared a “wanted man” after he failed to show up for questioning over his Facebook post on March 1, which the police authorities view as threatening to the peace of the country.

Ali, who could not appear on the day the police showed had sent an excuse through his lawyer’s that he was ill and needed medical treatment.

The post states, “Dear National Elections Commission, we understand the ploy. But try it and you will see what is gonna be the end result.” 

Ms. Togba added the UP is an institution that respects the Law and rights of citizens.  As such, the former ruling party said, “If the Government of Liberia is convinced and has evidence that Mr. Ali’s Facebook post of March 1 has any link to the alleged crimes, it should go ahead and charge against him in accordance with the law.”

“While we adjure the government to pursue the right and legal course and ensure the safety of Mr. Ali, the National Leadership and sympathizers of the party will peacefully accompany him to the Liberia National Police Headquarters on Monday, March 22, 2021, at 10:00 am,” Mrs. Togba added.

According to her, a “Wanted Person” also known as a “Fugitive from Justice” is a person that is either convicted or accused of a crime and is hiding from law enforcement in order to avoid arrest. 

“Has Mr. Ali been convicted or accused of a crime? No, he was invited to provide the motive and intent of a Facebook post. Is he hiding from law enforcement in order to avoid arrest? No, there was never a Writ of Arrest out for Mr. Ali and he was represented by his lawyers as allowed by the law,” Ms. Togba wonders.

She said the Unity Party was informed by its National Secretary General, Mr. Mohammed Ali, of a text message he received inviting him to the headquarters of the Liberia National Police (LNP) at 10am on March 19, for a conversation around a Facebook post he made on March 1, 2021.

She said the government has alleged that consequent of Mr. Ali’s post, there have been incidents of petrol bombs thrown at the residence of Associate Justice Joseph Nagbe and the headquarters of the National Elections Commission for which they are inviting him to clarify the  “motive and intent” of his post. 

In the letter signed by Cllr. Finley Y. Karngar and Cllr. Moiffie Kenneh, they provided their individual contact numbers and email addresses should the LNP decide to contact them for further information. 

“However, at about 2 p.m. on March 19, four hours after receiving the letter from Mr. Ali’s lawyers, the same police declared him wanted and ordered his arrest,” Ms. Tobga added. 

According to Mr. Moses Cater of the LNP, Mr. Ali was invited twice and he refused to show up. “This is false. Mr. Ali was invited only once via a phone text message, an invitation he honored through his lawyers.” 

Chapter 1.5 of the Penal Law of Liberia states, “No conduct constitutes an offense unless it is a crime or infraction under [the penal law] or another statute of Liberia”. 

Therefore, the government cannot attempt to arrest Mr. Ali over a Facebook post without due process to establish any link between his post and that which the government alleges. In addition, Chapter 2.2.1 of the Criminal Procedure Law of Liberia provides an accused person the right to representation by legal counsels. 

“As in the case of Mr. Ali, this representation requesting a postponement of the conference due to his medical condition was made by Cllr. Kangar and Cllr. Kenneh and therefore, the government cannot declare him “wanted” for failure to submit to their invitation when in fact he did through his lawyers as provided by law,” said UP release. 

7 COMMENTS

  1. Cornelia Kruah-Togba, so on Friday the Fulah Unity Party terrorist was too sick to appear with his lawyer. But on Monday with a tumultuous amount of the Unity Party’s membership, his very severe sickness shall instantly disappear. Isn’t it? Well, for your education, neither in law, the dictionary meaning, nor in academia, is it that one can only be declared a fugitive after been accused, indicted, or convicted. Once the police has reason or reasons to believe that one invited for questioning, or one who is a suspect has fled justice, that person is a fugitive, even if the initial intervention were that of a citizen arrest — an arrest or intervention made by a non law enforcement person.

    Secondly,

    (1)whether the police, the grand jury, the prosecution, or the court, adjudicates this Fula Terrorist under the jurisprudential prism of THE PFYSICAL PROXIMITY THEORY, THE RES IPSA LOQUITOR THEORY, OR THE DANGEROUS PROXIMITY THEORY, that

    (2)Fula boy – Mo Ali’s records of the recent past, and the surrounding circumstances under the prosecutorial radar and anjudicative scrutiny of the judicial and criminal justice processes, Fula Mo Ali is

    (3) clearly a principal in the first and second degrees, and by extension, an accessory before and after the fact regarding those crimes he and his accomplices have committed, for which he has legitimately and legally been declared a A WANTED MAN – A FUGITIVE as is the case with his fellow gangster boss Henrique Pedro Costa the PORTUGUESE FUGITIVE.

  2. Uninty Party, this nonesense of embracing terrorism on Liberian soil by Mo Ali, a Fulani and a half Liberian, is unacceptably an unwelcomed in Liberia.
    The Party’s advances of terrorism for political power that it misused 12 years on, showcases the party’s imminence political obliteration!
    To recruit bands of Lofaians and Guieanean mercenaries that are currently being trained in Guinea under CPP’s Joseph Boykai, Samukai, and other elements, for a disruptive seccessionist or an Interim Government administration, will be your riskiest opposition Water Loo ever!
    No wonder why Ghana’s Nana Akufour Addo would turn dowm a CPP recruitment and training request on Ghanaian soil, thus leaving the traitorous Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor and Lemah Gboye, whose incessant for a premature change would enlist the Portugese Henry Coasta and Yeke Kulabah!

    If Unity Party has any democratic canon for new leadership, it should redirect its stolen wealth and enlist its overnight millionaire stalwarts and 12 years looters- Amara Conneh, Augustine Ngufan, Brima Kamara, and Mrs. Sirleaf herself, for meaninful national rebuilding and not sponsorhip of uprising!
    This is a caveat!

  3. 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?

  4. 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?

  5. The first two ghost writers remind me of the rhetoric that has caused the humiliation and death of Asian Americans and others in America. Could you two be the actual petro bombers?
    I wonder how did Fulani people come into the country. And seriously, how is this tribal thing relevant to the case, if there is any?

  6. Mr. NON GHOST (”Kweme”), as Jerome Hall once said, a democracy, like all other societies, needs order and security, but it also and equally requires civil liberties. But those civil liberties MUST BE EXERCISED WITH THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF BEING RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ABUSE OF THOSE CIVIL LIBERTIES S IS THE CASE OF MO ALI AND HIS GANG!

    Accordingly, what you should be concerned about what would have been the situation if Mo Ali and his accomplices were in similar position as has been the case with the US Democratic Party which GOT SO BITTERLY FRUSTRATED AND ANNOYED that the Republican majority of the Senate REFUSED to take the APOLITICAL APPROACH BY PLAYING THE SAINTLY MORALIST ANGELIC ROLE and vote to convict Donald Trump.

    You bet Mo Ali and his gang would have chosen the constitutionally criminal and terroristc path as Donald Trump and his supporters.

    Hence, no wonder Mo Ali and his gang having no honoring of the politically philosophical concept of UTILITARIANISM OR THE SOCIAL CONTRACT in which actions and practices should be considered justified to the extent that such actions and practices or judgement (eg. election win does not grant immunity from the consequences of being a convicted felon) promote the greatest overall SAFETY AND HAPPINESS FOR ALL!!!

    Look, Mr. NON GHOST, you media cheerleaders, natural anti establishmentarians, anti incumbents, or especially the opposition and their supporters may

    (1) argue with TRUE NATIONALIST etc.etc. “UNTIL THE COWS COME HOME,“ the fact, the reality, or the truth, remains sacred that

    (2) this disrespect for the rule of law proven via those malign and terroristic utterances and confessions of Mo Ali (AND SUBSEQUENTLY FOLLOWED BY THE TERROR IMPLIED IN THE UTTERANCES OF MO ALI) are

    (3) no different from the mentality of terrorists, or of Donald Trump and his supporters who, like the so called Unity Party or the CPP, cannot justify their acts of terror which are anathema to UTILITARIANISM, THE SOCIAL CONTRACT, AND THE ULTIMATE RULE OF LAW!!!

    Accordingly, as we thunder forth earlier, whether it is within the realm of criminal law and its processes or the law of public order, or even within the modus vivendi of the criminal justice process, post conviction strategies,, juvenile justice systems, or those of the modus operandi of law adjudication or as is this topic…LAW ENFORCEMENT, the actions of THE POLICE are backed by inter alia the tenets of THE COMMON GOOD, HIGH DEGREE OF PROFESSIONALISM, THE MORAL IMPULSE, and the ULTIMATE RULE OF LAW!!!

  7. Every person shall have the right to freedom of expression, being fully

    responsible for the abuse thereof. This right shall not be curtailed, restricted

    or enjoined by government save during an emergency declared in accordance with

    this Constitution. THE LIBERIAN CONSTITUTION ARTICLE 15 A

    “A democracy, like all other societies, needs order and security, but it also and equally requires civil liberties. But those civil liberties MUST BE EXERCISED WITH THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF BEING RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ABUSE OF THOSE CIVIL LIBERTIES.“ Jerome Hall

    ARTICLE 10 THE EUROPEAN CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
    Freedom of expression
    1. Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right
    shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart
    information and ideas without interference by public authority
    and regardless of frontiers. This Article shall not prevent States
    from requiring the licensing of broadcasting, television or cinema
    enterprises.
    2. The exercise of these freedoms, since it carries with it
    duties and responsibilities, may be subject to such formalities,
    conditions, restrictions or penalties as are prescribed by law and
    are necessary in a democratic society, in the interests of national
    security, territorial integrity or public safety, for the prevention
    of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, for
    the protection of the reputation or rights of others, for preventing
    the disclosure of information received in confidence, or for
    maintaining the authority and impartiality of the judiciary.

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