The Monrovia City Court on Wednesday charged Mary Broh, Director of General Service Agency (GSA) with multiple criminal offenses regarding her alleged authorization, of the reported flogging of one Sheikh Kouyateh, at the Birth Certificate Center on August 10.
Broh, who is also the coordinator of the Bureau of Vital Statistics of the Ministry of Health, was charged following a peaceful protest at the Temple of Justice by people believed to be supporters of Kouyateh. Her charges are official oppression, simple assault, criminal solicitation and criminal facilitation.
Broh’s lawyer, Cllr. Joseph Kollie, said his client is prepared to go to court and exonerate herself from the allegation, thereby condemning the action of the protester.
“We are going to have them prove their allegation against Broh and we are not prepared to have the matter resolved outside of the court,” Cllr. Kollie stressed.
In support of the protest, Kouyateh’s lawyer, Cllr. Amara Sheriff, said the action was in line with the law because the protesters were demanding for justice.
“If those in power abuse their responsibility, the people have the right to demonstrate against such individuals,” Cllr, Sheriff maintained.
“They have to demand justice for the degree of abuse against them,” he said, adding, “We should have ended this issue long time but Broh has refused to admit her wrong and apologize, that was what we wanted from her,” Sheriff contended.
“The law is bigger than any one individual and we are under obligation to respect it,” Sheriff said.
Besides charging Broh, the court has summoned her to appear before it on Tuesday, September 5. The decision was based on her refusal to attend yesterday’s conference bringing to three the number of meetings held with the parties to which she failed to appear.
The intent of the conferences was to enable Magistrate Kennedy Peabody to find a peaceful settlement of the matter, which efforts Broh has refused and demanded own prosecution.
The court document alleges that on August 10, at the Birth Certificate Center, while serving in her capacity as GSA Director and coordinator of the Bureau of Vital Statistics, Broh used her position to persuade her employees, who under her instruction, violently jumped on Kouyateh and beat him and inflicted pains and injuries on his body.
The document claimed Kouyateh’s clothes were torn, while Broh publicly choked him with the intent to render aid to her staff.