After implicating two senior prosecutors in a deal to pay him to testify in the just-ended mercenary case, one of the accused prosecutors admitted that government is supporting Thomas Gladour, who testified in the mercenary case.
But, Cllr. Daku Mulbah, County Attorney of Montserrado County quickly pointed out that their support was not part of any deal between the witness and the prosecutors.
Dramatically, Witness Gladour last Tuesday prevented Cllr. Daku’s vehicle from leaving his Temple of Justice office, protesting against his failure to take him to the United States of America (USA), as they allegedly agreed.
Besides his trip to the USA, Gladour further claimed that Cllr. Mulbah and Solicitor General, Cllr. Betty Lamie Blamo, promised to settle him and his family with US$100,000 after he had completed with his testimony implicating the accused men who are now behind bars serving their sentences.
His testimony was used by Judge Emery Paye of then Criminal Court ‘D’ to convict 18 persons of mercenarism, most of the convicted men were natives of Grand Gedeh County, where he, too, hails from.
However, addressing journalists on Thursday, September 18, at the Temple of Justice, Cllr. Mulbah said reason behind their assistances was of the vital role he played during the case.
Cllr. Mulbah denied that they had made a commitment to fly him and his family to the USA, or to pay him US$100,000 for his testimony.
“What made us to help him is because of the vital role he played as a lead state witness, which can’t allow him to go back and live among his own people,” the County Attorney disclosed.
“As a government, it is our responsibility to protect people like Gladour, who volunteered themselves to travel from Zwedru and testified on our behalf. He was sincere to testify against his own people,” he added.
Zwedru is the Capital City for Grand Gedeh County.
“We did not recruit him to do so, he himself came to us. We are doing it so that he could not be exposed to danger.”
He continued, “It is the responsibility of prosecutors to protect their witnesses, who may feel insecure or who cannot go back to their original home. We did not do anything outside of the law. It is our responsibility to do so.”
“We promised to send his children to school; we even paid his one-year rent,” Cllr Mulbah further claimed.
“Besides,” according to him, “Gladour had been signing for money for his family’s upkeep. We have documentary evidence to proof this to the public about government assistance to the family,” he stated.
He did not disclosed how much money the former state witness has so far received from government.
“It is the responsibility of the state to provide protection for its witnesses, since Gladour cannot go back to Zwedru for fear of being killed, it is our duty as government to protect and keep him safe.” Cllr. Mulbah defended their support to him.
He said Gladour had voluntarily told the Liberia National Police (LNP) that he wanted to serve as state witness.
“He did this when the police was in search of evidence to send the 18 alleged mercenaries to court for prosecution.”
“We did not recruit or hire him to testify in the matter. We do not recruit witness; we are only prosecutors. It is the police that collect the witnesses and evidences in a case, before we can prosecute.”
“I did not know Gladour; it was the police who presented him to us, as one of the state witnesses.”
Initially, according to Cllr. Daku, Gladour demanded the state to pay him US$17,000, after he commenced his testimony.
“We rejected that request because we don’t pay people to testify as witnesses.”
“How would we promise somebody that we are going to take them to the US, if we don’t have the power to do so?”
“That is a total lie and complete nonsense. We don’t owe him a dime and we are not going to pay him anything,” the Montserrado County Attorney stressed.