“There is no FBI in the Country”

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“If for any reason that investigators from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) should come to Liberia, I (Ambassador) will be the one that my Government should first notify, but not any kind of newspapers,” Ambassador Deborah Malac told a news conference in Monrovia.
The US diplomat was responding to a reporter’s question as to whether any officer of the FBI was on a special mission in Liberia specifically to arrest a particular group of Liberians perceived as perpetrators of the country’s 14 year civil crisis or those accused of economic sabotage.
According to her, there was no need for the FBI to probe Liberians and that if there was the need, her office would have been notified by her government prior to their (FBI) coming here.
In recent times, two Monrovia-based dailies (not the Daily Observer) have been running a series of banner headlines (lead stories) insinuating that the FBI was in Liberia to arrest and or prosecute people accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity as well as economic sabotage.
Ambassador Malac considered those media reports as “laughable” since her office has no knowledge of what the newspapers were referring to in their respective reportage.
As of the setting up of a war crimes court in the country, the US Envoy told reporters that whatever Liberians feel is good for them regarding their country’s governing system has nothing to do with the intervention of the American Government.
“If you want to set up your court system, and give it whatever name in line with your judiciary system, that is not the business of the US Government, even though we want the country to move away from the ugly past,” she indicated.
She then embraced the resilience of Liberians who have overcome some of their country’s difficulties, and are succeeding in many other areas including economic growth, education and health sectors.
On the recent Human Rights report released by the US State Department on Liberia, Ambassador Malac denied that the reports were based entirely on media reports.
According to her, reports of rights violations is the requirement mandated by the US Congress, adding, “We don’t include those information in the report based on what the media reported, rather interacting with members of the public and sorting our complaints emanating from the citizens themselves who sometimes observe societal vices.”
“This is what we do around the world, and not only Liberia as the government may think. I am certain, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf had not referred to the entire report as the media reported,” the Ambassador clarified.
Shortly after this year’s human rights report on Liberia was released by the US Government; President Sirleaf, in her reaction, described the report as something copied from the pages of the Liberian media.
On other pertinent issues, Amb. Malac reaffirmed her government’s commitment to working with her Liberian counterpart to improve the country’s infrastructure as well as the education system through the intervention of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Meanwhile, Ambassador Malac has extended sympathy to family members of the late Sheikh Kafumba F. Konneh, who she referred to as a “man of peace.” It saddened my heart when I heard of the passing of Sheikh Kafumba Konneh, who I interacted with on so many occasions prior to his death on Monday, July 20.”

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