The Malachi York Foundation has appealed to the Liberian government to reengage the U.S. Judicial system in the Middle District of Georgia, to release its founder and chief executive officer, Dr. Malachi Z. York.
Saqar Ahhah and Den Tut Rayay, both from the Foundation, based in Georgia, are in Liberia seeking government’s intervention to release Dr. York from prison in the US and subsequently have him repatriated to Liberia, because he is a Liberian by naturalization and has served as Liberia’s Consular General in Georgia, United States.
Dr. York, now 72, was arrested in 2004 and sentenced to 135 years by a court in Georgia on child molestation, which included trading girls from one State to the other for commercial sex purposes, racketeering (fraud), and conspiracy.
Dr. York came to Liberia in the late 1990s and took on Liberian citizenship by naturalization.
They therefore worried that Dr. York might perish behind bars if the Liberian government does not intervene to free him before it gets too late.
Charles A. Minor, former Liberian Ambassador to the US recently told the Daily Observer that, “as far as diplomacy is concerned, there is still a need for the Liberian government to revisit the York’s case.”
Minor wished he had sufficient information and the necessary backing from the backdrop of truth surrounding the case, while he was serving as a diplomat to help further pursue the York’s case.
“In keeping with the embassy’s policy of consulting the Liberian Foreign Ministry, we asked for any information on Dr. York as it was indicated that he had been serving as Honorary Consul of Liberia. Our action came following Dr. York’s family, including his wife’s, visit to our Washington office in 2005 and 2006 during which they requested assistance from the embassy to get Dr. York released from prison somewhere in the United States,” Amb. Minor said in his note.
“Information received from Liberia indicated that Dr. York, an Honorary Consul of Liberia, was also a naturalized Liberian citizen. We later received from the Ministry an official request, originated from the Ministry’s Legal Consul in person of (then) Jenkins Scott, informing the embassy that he and a lawyer for Dr. York would be coming to the United States and that the embassy should cooperate and assist, not only to release him, but repatriate him to Liberia,” Amb. Minor said.
He added, however, that the team which should have been headed by Cllr. Jenkins Scott (now deceased) to the U.S. never showed up and that derailed efforts to engage the State Department on York’s case.
However, he noted that he took few officials from the Liberian diplomatic mission in the U.S. to the State Department and made inquiries into Dr. York’s case, but the response he received complicated attempts to go on with a request to assist his release.
At some point, Cllr. Jerome George Korkoya, current Chairman of Liberia’s National Elections Commission (NEC), also tried to intervene in Dr. York’s behalf, but his effort did not yield any fruitful result up to date.
“I wrote a letter to the US Embassy here in Liberia and cited all the relevant information I have gathered on the case, while making request on behalf of my client to the Liberian government to revisit the case,” Korkoya said.
Ahhah and Rayay are convinced that Dr. York has met the necessary measures by US law and it is time for international protocols and conventions to appeal to the US government to release him.
Records in the possession of the Daily Observer show that Dr. York became a Liberian citizen and has investments in the country.
He also has 476 acres of land in Georgia, 19 of which are developed, even though it is also learnt that his property, including the land, were confiscated and demolished by the Federal Government of the United States.