MCC Detains LINSU President, Colleague

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Officers of the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) yesterday arrested and detained the president of the Liberia National Student Union (LINSU), Varney Jarsey and his colleague, Charles Blamah.
They were charged for “disorderly conduct and illegal entrance to MCC Annex at the Freeport of Monrovia.”
MCC Police Director, Col. Kenneth Harris explained that the student leaders were arrested after they broke into the MCC Freeport Annex and made away with a vehicle the MCC had earlier impounded for “violation.”
“At about 4 p.m., I received a call that two unidentified men have broken the gate to the fence and took away a vehicle impounded there earlier. They broke the lock and forcibly removed the car, which was impounded by our field officers,” Col. Harris explained.
He said by the time he arrived on the scene, the two accused had escaped with the vehicle, “but we put up a chase and arrested them in Vai Town near the Gabriel Tucker Bridge.”
Director Harris explained further that the accused student leaders were “very aggressive” during their arrest, which prompted the MCC to deny their right to contact their lawyers and family members.
He said, however, that the accused were later allowed to contact their lawyers and family members, “because we noticed they were by then calm as compared to the hostile attitude they exhibited earlier.”
He said the duo was charged for “unlawful entrance into MCC property where they vandalized the portion of the fence and put up disorderly conduct when they were ordered arrested.”
The two men would appear at the City Court to answer to their charges today, Col. Harris said.
He warned other student leaders and the general public not to take advantage of their status as students to get in conflict with the law.
For their part, the two detainees earlier refused to speak to the Daily Observer when they were contacted at their cell. However, they claimed that their rights were violated by the City Police.
But they later argued that their missing vehicle was found in a fence near the Freeport where they managed to drive it away without coming in contact with any law enforcement officers, be they City Police or not.
They said they were denied to make telephone calls to their family members and their lawyers after they requested the City Police to do so.
Jarsey argued that while they were away, “the City Police took advantage of that and took away our vehicle to their fence without prior notice.”
“We thereafter looked for our car and noticed it was in the fence at the Freeport. This is how come we forcibly opened the fence and took our vehicle away. We did not violate any traffic regulations as alleged by the MCC,” the accused told this newspaper adding, “We were intimidated during our arrest and handcuffed before being placed behind bars.”

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