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2 arrested for Pearl vigilante killing

first_imgPolice investigators have arrested two persons for the vigilante killing of a man and the beating of another last Saturday at Pearl, East Bank Demerara.“We have two persons in custody, both of them are licensed firearm holders and we have some further investigations to do,” Commissioner of Police (Ag) David Ramnarine disclosed during a press conference on Friday.Seon Clarke called ‘Cash Money’, 21, of Campbellville, Georgetown, was allegedly shot and killed on Saturday night by residents in Pearl and neighbouring Sarah Johanna, after he and two others, one of whom was beaten, stormed a businessplace earlier that day and held the shop owner at gunpoint. A Police report indicated that Clarke was shot, while the other man was allegedly beaten by residents and handed over to the Police.According to information, the deceased and another went into a grocery store at Sarah Johanna, when the proprietor ,who thought they were acting in a suspicious manner, alerted a Policeman who was passing. The men fled the area during which they discharged two rounds.Later that night, members of the community spotted the men on the Pearl Public Road and cornered them; during the confrontation Clarke was shot and his accomplice beaten.The suspect, still nursing injuries from the thrashing, led Police to an area in Pearl on Sunday, where a hidden .38 Beretta pistol, six matching rounds of ammunition and two mobile phones were recovered.While details surrounding the incident remain unclear, the Police are continuing with investigations.last_img read more

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Prices of Commodities Skyrocket in Greenville

first_imgAs the roads of Liberia’s Southeast’s continue to worsen, prices of essential commodities have sky rocketed beyond the reach of ordinary citizens and residents of Greenville City in Sinoe County.In addition, several feeder roads leading to the various districts are inaccessible due to the fact that most of the farm-to-market roads have not been rehabilitated nor are there any plans in the offing to fix them.   Sadly, prices of most essential commodities have soared so much that the lives of ordinary citizens and residents in the port city of Greenville could be described as grave and worrisome.Amongst many of the essential commodities whose prices have hit the roof are sardines, plastic dishes, rice, palm (imported), drinks and locally produced foodstuffs.Consequently, according to businessmen and women operating stores and shops in Greenville City, prices of essential commodities have dramatically escalated owing to hike in transportation fares from Monrovia and other parts of the country.Transportation fares from the commercial district of Red-light Market in Paynesville to Greenville City in Sinoe County have been stepped up LD$8,000.00 for a to and fro trip.Previously, a round trip from Monrovia to Greenville was LD$6000.00 per commuter with the exception one’s personal effects.Businesswomen and men taking goods, services and things told the Daily Observer last week in Greenville City that due to the hike in transport fares, their entities are not doing well economically in Sinoe County.The nation’s staple food rice a 25-pounds of bag is now been sold for LD$1,700.00, bottle of stout LD$175.00, canned of sardine LDS115.00, bottle of large beer LD$210.00, finger size batteries LD$40.00 and all frozen food commodities have climbed the hiking ladder at the port city of Greenville in Sinoe County.In separate interviews with both residents and businesspeople last week, they expressed grave concern over the escalating price increases in Greenville City and other parts of that county.Businessman Francis Tugbeh Doe said that until urgent steps are taken to rehabilitate the most life threatening deplorable spots on the Sinoe-River Cess highways, the situation will continue to deteriorate rapidly on commodities’ prices in Greenville City.“I think the Liberian Government needs to re-examine, evaluate and monitor the construction works being carried out on the between River Cess and Sinoe Counties in terms of durability and sustainability,” Mr. Doe stressed.Businessman George Browne Nimely told the Daily Observer that the Rainy Season by all engineering standards is not best time to work on unpaved roads in the country.“We want to reduce the prices of essential commodities but, the transportation fares are retarding the undertaken of such a realistic venture in Greenville City,” businessman Nimely asserted.For her part, businesswoman Betty Sumo Wesseh stressed the need for the complete reconstruction of the Sinoe-River Cess in order to save the citizens and residents of Greenville City.Madam Wesseh added that they were really catching hard times on the highways of Sinoe and River Cess counties owing to the deplorable conditions of dangerous spots and life threatening potholes.“I want the Liberian Government to bring pressure to bear on the road construction company that currently responsible for the rehabilitation of the River Cess-Sinoe Highway in Greenville and other areas in Sinoe County, Madam Wesseh concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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FC Fassell’s Fate Hangs in a Balance

first_imgNewly 1st division club and tournament favorite FC Fassell could be among the casualties as the preliminary rounds of Coca-Cola Big Eight (8) Tournament concludes today.A 2-2 draw against Aries FC on Monday at the Blue Field in the ongoing pre-season tourney has placed a question mark over FC Fassell’s future in the Group B stage.Coach Matthew Julutweh’s men is expected today to host Darling Club, IE in the opening derby, knowing that a draw – let alone a defeat – is no longer an option against Papa Kamara’s men.IE is expected to look for at least a draw to crossover to the semi finals, while FC Fassell want a victory and at least 3-0 to march on.In the second match, group leader NPA Anchor is also looking for a draw against Aries FC but mostly a win to maintain on top.Aries FC, who also has one point desperately, needs a win with more goals to overcome runner-up IE (if IE draw).However, with FC Fassell battling not to bow out of the Coca-Cola Tourney; LISCR, Nimba and Barrolle are fighting to grab the second place.Group B leader BYC is clearly in the semi finals with 9 points having narrowly whipped LISCR FC 1-0 yesterday.The Gardnersville based team – LISCR FC still sits on the table with 2 points and hoping for a nil draw to qualify.   But a win for either side, Barrolle or Nimba United joins BYC to represent Group A in the Semi finals.Meanwhile, the technical staff of FC Fassell headed by Coach Matthew Saygba Julutweh is expected to be sacked having drawn with Aries FC 2-2 on Monday.The 34-year-old was warned of losing his job along with his deputy, physical and goalkeeper trainer and team manager if he failed to win the highly contested tournament over a dishonorable 4-0 defeat by NPA ‘Ruthless’ Anchors on Saturday.In a letter dated May 2, FC Fassell President Reginald K. Nagbe said their performance against NPA was very discouraging and humiliating despite early preparation and the entire technical staff would be sacked if they don’t win the remaining two games.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Citizen Leadership: The Missing Piece In Terror “War” Strategy

first_imgIn the wake of growing violent attacks worldwide by Islamic jihadists and increasing threats of more attacks in Western nations, President Obama, on February 18, addressed an international summit of 65 countries at the White House, Washington, D.C, on strategies for combating rising violent Islamic extremism. However, given the ideological, religious, cultural and military complexities posed by The Islamic State In Iraq & Syria (ISIS), a prudent strategy to “degrade,” subdue and “ultimately defeat” ISIS may not be governments going to war with ISIS.  “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting,” Chinese military general and philosopher, Sun Tzu said.  Therefore, if ISIS is to be subdued and defeated, world leaders must realize that governments don’t need to fight another costly war because there are many potent and unexplored non-governmental and non military alternatives to defeat ISIS. Here are at least five reasons why governments must step aside and take on supportive roles while citizens originate strategies and lead the efforts against the growing jihadists’ violence.First, limitation of government is seen in the venue and participants of the White House summit and all other government-led initiatives. I was not invited. If you are reading this article, you probably weren’t invited. Selection of the inaccessible confines of the White House, as a venue to seek the solution to a problem that governments have no experience solving limits access to the universe of talents, needed to brainstorm for such a solution. Deliberations about terror strategies are best conducted in the communities where the people live, work and play. By removing the barriers limiting citizens participation, the best creative citizens-led initiatives and proposals to tackle violent extremism can emerge in neighborhoods or citywide, statewide, regionally, nationally or internationally. How about an international contest of creative ideas to counter ISIS ideology? It’s cost effective and makes a lot of sense!Second, governments need to step aside because they are ill prepared for the complexities of the ideological, religious, cultural arena where the ISIS crisis exists and thrives. Seeking to win over billions of Muslims worldwide, President Obama was quick to emphasize that the war on extremists is not a religious war. “We are not at war with Islam, we are at war with those who have perverted Islam,” he said. Really? Well, after more than a decade of military engagements in the Islamic countries of Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan, costing thousands of American lives and trillions of taxpayers’ dollars, the region is still unstable and violent! Western governments have not invested a penny or dollar in citizens’ initiatives or ballot questions in post-conflict countries such as Liberia, Sierra Leone or Sudan or in Islamic countries. Funding of ballot initiatives tied to the Universal Declarations of Human Rights is a great and cost effective strategy for peaceful co-existence.Unilateral Western government actions independent of Western citizens’ input were woefully inadequate in bringing democracy, stability and peace to the regions dominated by Muslims. It’s time to try a different solution that aims to tackle the problem from its source and bring on board the best minds in our world.The third reason why governments must step aside is found in the saying; “Two heads are better than one.” Clearly we have seen the disastrous results of the governments’ head. Now it makes sense to assess the unexplored anti-jihadists ideas and strategies from the heads of citizens. In ISIS, the world is facing a cowardly and weak foe, who claims to be killing for God but are not brave enough to unmask their identities. Hiding behind scrubs that veil their scary faces, ISIS puts out gruesome videos and invites folks to come and join a murderous campaign of beheadings, cruel amputations, horrific burning of human beings alive- all in the name of a God so weak he can’t fight for himself but relies on cowards to carry out his biddings. And yes, scores of Western citizens have left their wealthy countries to answer the barbaric call to become suicide bombers in hopes of being rewarded with a fleet of virgins in paradise. While such idiotic violence and the primitive worldview it aims to create has not been successfully defeated with Western military capabilities, elementary school students worldwide, if given the chance and incentives, are capable of coming up with more sophisticated strategies and ideas to degrade and defeat the ideas ISIS is promoting. It makes sense to unleash the full potentials of the human family in tackling the problem of terrorism that affect everyone.Forth, unlike government actions which are always complicated by politics and sometimes lacking in logic, citizens-led solutions are far superior. For example, while ISIS has one year experience in beheadings, amputations and curtailing religious and personal freedoms, Western ally, Saudi Arabia can boast of decades of experience in the exact same deeds that ISIS is projecting worldwide. The Saudis are kings of public beheadings, curtailing religious freedoms, amputations, prohibition of female drivers and public floggings.  Although the Saudis were majority of the culprits in the 9/11 bombing, illogical government retaliations targeted Iraq and Afghanistan while sparing Saudi Arabia because of politics. Unlike governments which are not seen as equal opportunity dispenser of justice worldwide, citizens can operate in a more logical and less political environment.Fifth and finally, citizens must demand leadership in terror strategy because based on the record; citizen’s leadership trumps government actions. From the American revolution to the French revolution to independence movements across Africa and elsewhere, citizen’s leadership can be credited for change rather than government actions. Just as citizens of South Africa, Kenya, Tunisia and African Americans took matters into their own hands after the failure of governments worldwide to find a solution, now is the time to demand a change in leadership in dealing with the terror threats from ISIS. Governments must step aside and citizens must begin deliberations on strategy and implementation immediately. Let the best ideas lead in the battle of ideas that ISIS is waging.Torli H. Krua, a native of the Republic of Liberia is a former refugee from Liberia and human rights activist based in Boston, MA, USA. Krua  is founder of Universal Human Rights International (UHRI) and co-founder of YOUNG-Africa Inc (www.young-africa.org) (www.fightebola.us) and The Bush Chicken News (www.bushchicken.com). UHRI promotes immigrants rights in the USA and participatory democracy through ballot initiatives in Africa. Krua may be contacted at: harlankrua@gmail.com or 857-249-9983.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Criminal Lawyer Jason Doe Solves: The Case of the Agitated Witness

first_imgProsecutor Jack Sombo’s smile was triumphant when he shot the question at the witness for the prosecution.“You met the accused thirty minutes before the announcement of the murder?” “Yes.” “He told you that he had a case to settle with him?” “Exactly!” “And you told him to be wary of what he was intending to do?” “Yes,” the witness said with a smile. “What happened next, Timothy, when the defendant told you it was not your business?” The spectators in the courtroom paid rapt attention and did not want to miss the prosecution witness’s answers. The witness lifted his chin, and adjusted his position in the box, and said, “It was clear to me that the defendant had something sinister under his sleeves. “I thought…” “Don’t think,” the prosecutor interrupted, “just tell the court what you know about what he said to you on his intention.” “Ok,” the witness said, with reassurance, “I read his mind and knew that he wanted to take revenge on someone.” “How did you know that, Timothy?” “He told me that he had been with a woman, his wife for the last three years.” “You mean Kathleen Kumba?” “Yes,” he replied, “and he told me that someone had snatched the woman from him and he would not allow him to have a free ride.” The prosecutor turned swiftly with a smile and seconds later ambled his way to the prosecuting table. He deliberately attempted to search for a document and just as suddenly as he had proceeded to the table, he walked leisurely to the witness. The brief interruption was expected to increase the tense atmosphere. Spectators in the courtroom followed him and his manner was like someone completely in charge of the situation. It was evident he did not care that after his examination, there was someone who was supposed to cross-examine the witness with the acidity of a warrior for the truth beyond every reasonable doubt. As the echo of ceiling fans filled the room the prosecutor’s voice boomed, with the question, “What did he decide to do?” The witness said, “He told me that if he would not have the woman then it meant that his rival could also not have her.  “Even though I did not think about it at first, because I don’t allow other people’s business to be mine, later I began to have second thought when news broke out that Mr. Thomas Taplah, owner of the Amalgamated Industries Limited had been murdered.” “What then did you do?”“I contacted the police and informed an officer that I may likely know the murderer.”“What did the police do, Thomas?” Wiping his brow, the witness said, “The officer invited me to the station and interviewed me.  “I told him everything I knew about the case.” The prosecutor could not hide his success, since he considered the case open and shut case. The witness was providing information that could settle once and for all the circumstances that led to the murder. Though he could not fail to remember that the defense attorney was a hardcore cross-examiner, with an uncanny ability to confuse defense’ witnesses, he felt at ease nonetheless.Sweeping his eyes across the spectators and with a sneer at the defense counsel Jason Doe, the prosecutor grinned with the comment, “Your witness,” as he walked leisurely to his table. Defense counsel Jason Doe, who had all along absorbed the proceedings, was on his feet, a smile on his face, as he directed his gaze at the witness. It became clear to many in the courtroom that the resolution of the case would not be an easy task as the prosecutor had indicated.  After all someone had been killed and it was difficult for someone planning a murder to inform another about it, in the manner that had been brought out in the case so far. In one of his best moods, Jason Doe walked to the witness, and with deliberation offered a grin. “He told you someone has snatched a woman from him?” “Yes.” “Why did he tell you about an important development in his life?” “I have known him as a friend and I am sure he needed some advice from me.” “Which,” the lawyer said, “suggests that you are a professional marriage counselor?” The witness, perhaps aware of the craftiness of the lawyer shrugged his shoulders, and said, “I’m no counselor but he came to me.” “What time of the day did he come to you?” “Let me see,” the witness said, “it was about four in the evening.” “Who was with you at the time?” “I was alone.” “Was that visit the first time he ever brought to your attention a situation that affected his life?” The witness hesitated, and then said, “What are you trying to get at?” The lawyer saw an opening, and said, “No I ask the questions and you give the answers, ok?” “But if I don’t understand a question,” the witness replied, “can I ask a question back?” The lawyer considered his answer for a second and answered, “I ask you a question: when the defendant came to you to inform you about what he was planning to do, was that visit the first for an advice of that nature?”“Now I understand,” the witness said, and hesitated. “And what is your answer?” the lawyer repeated. “Well,” the witness said, stretching his neck, “it was the first time.” “And so,” the lawyer continued, “isn’t it ironic a man who was planning to destroy another’s life would choose to go to someone who could not help him professionally?” “I cannot know why he chose to come to me.” “And,” the lawyer said, “You want this court to believe that the defendant chose to come to you, someone without any professional counseling expertise to explain to you what he was intending to do?” The witness hesitated, and then said, “It does seem that I have not authority or knowledge to provide him, but I’m convinced that he came to me to share his agony and then to brag about what he wanted to do.”  “Which does not make sense, at all, right?” The witness looked around him and he could see eyes, including those of the judge stared at him. He must have felt that his testimony was losing impact. The case was at its sixth week and the collaborating evidence from the witness who claimed he was confided in, was sure people in the courtroom were suspicious of his testimony.The defense counsel seemed to enjoy the repeated question he was throwing at him, and may be to torment him as a punishment.Perhaps, he was in such a confused state of mind when he heard the defense counsel say, “Mr. Thomas Jolo, you testified that the defendant, Anthony Soma visited you on the day the victim met his death and bragged to you that since his wife had been snatched by somebody, he would not allow that somebody to go free…”“Not exactly in those words as you put it,” the witness said, in a voice of frustration, “you make me to appear like I’m lying.” The lawyer considered his reaction briefly, and smiling said, “Why are you agitated?”“I’m feeling agitated because you don’t appear to believe me.”“You remember that you swore to say nothing but the truth about everything you know about the murder of Thomas Taplah, owner of the Amalgamated Industries Limited?” “Yes, I did.” “And you have been speaking the truth about what happened in the case, though you don’t have the professional acumen to provide the kind of advice you claimed you offered the defendant?”“To a point I have.” Then the prosecutor reacted, “Your Honor, what does this question have to do with the murder that the witness testified the defendant had confided in him?” Judge Justin Weah lifted his head, and said, “The Court is interested in every facet of the case and will allow the defense all the laxity he needs to probe into the mind of the witness.” “Doesn’t appear that the defense is prolonging the case with extraneous questions, Your Honor?”Judge Weah replied, “The Court is aware of the length at which the exchanges can go and it does not need the prosecutor to remind it. “Nonetheless, there is a reasonable amount of time that the Court can allow the defense, but I must stipulate that to ensure fairness, the Court will allow both the prosecution and the defense equal time in this case.” “Thank you, Your Honor,” the prosecutor said, uneasily.  Jason Doe grinned and said to the witness, “To what point will a reasonable man confide in a man who admitted he does not have the capacity to offer such an advice, Mr. Jolo?” Turning to stare at the prosecutor, he said, “To the point as far as the defendant came to me.” With a glowing interest, the lawyer said, “Are you suggesting that there is another point that you have told this Court?”The witness began to fumble with his hands, and the prosecutor jumped into his defense, again. “Your honor,” he said, turning to look at the judge, “Counsel has reduced the case into a circus and I am inclined to state without any prejudice that the witness is simply confused about events leading to the murder.” Judge Weah lifted his head and glared at the prosecutor. “How?”Prosecutor Sombo went on, “This is a case that has weighed desperately against the defendant and the witness earlier testimony confirmed a revelation of the defendant before he committed the crime.” Judge Weah said, “It is interesting that the prosecutor is making a case for the witness when in fact the facts of the case should come from events, whether circumstantial or otherwise. “This Court is interested in this case since it has become apparent that this witness, among other things, knows more than he is saying.” The judge hesitated as a murmur of appreciation from spectators swept across the courtroom. “Evidently,” the judge continued, “it will be interesting…” And suddenly, the witness shouted from the box, “It’s ok there is nothing more for me to hide.” The prosecutor said, “If there is anything you need to say other than what you have said, you need to…” “No, no,” the witness repeated, “I will confess the real story about what led to the murder.” The judge’s eyes glared at the witness, “You know what you are saying?” “Yes,” the witness said, “I want to tell who killed Mr. Thomas Taplah, owner of the Amalgamated Industries Limited.”  The judge, surprised, said, “In that case, I want to see the prosecution and the defense lawyers in my chambers.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Criminal Lawyer Jason Doe Solves: The Case of the Disappointed Bride

first_imgCharacters in the story:Jefferson Tamba—the groom who died the day of his weddingComfort Tamba—the bride who was accused for masterminding his deathTenneh Sombai—the prosecution’s witnessEdwin Fallah-the prosecutor who wanted nothing but the crucifixion of the accused and told defense counsel Doe ‘to take it easy on the witness’Jason Doe—counsel for the defendant who refused the prosecution’s theory of the motive of the crimeJanet Lovebird—the private secretary of Counselor DoeJohn Saye—the former police detective who was hired by Counselor Doe for the defenseJudge Neeto Kangar—the judge who wanted justice at any costThe case of the disappointed bride, described by metropolitan newspapers in Monrovia, was one of the few to whet the appetite of nosy Monrovians, and it brought out the travails of how one is blinded in the affairs of love and could not let the other go in peace. It was, many Monrovians agreed, the result of the sins of the community. Though it was not uncommon to hear reports of grooms abandoning their brides, days and possibly hours before the consummation of the marriage, leaving the bride in disgust and raising questions about what she might have done wrong, this particular story was unlike any other that Monrovians had known, because it ended in the murder of the groom.The decedent was thirty three –year-old Jefferson Tamba, a graduate of the Arthur Grimes School of Law at the University of Liberia. The court, under prosecutor District Attorney Edwin Fallah was in no mood to play with the case, since a young man’s future had been destroyed and the primary suspect was his partner of five years, twenty seven year-old Comfort Tamba. The court heard that though the marriage was yet to be to consummated, with an evil premeditation, Comfort Wesseh put up a design against the instructions of society and assigned to herself as Mrs. Comfort Tamba.The prosecution’s witnesses had been so blatant in their support against the bride that defense counsel Jason Doe, sitting at the third week of the preliminary trial, could not stomach what he saw as an affront against a woman whose dream had been cut short by the murder of her beloved ‘husband’ since they had co-habited for the last five years.The most damning evidence against the defendant was that of twenty seven-year-old Tenneh Sombai, who, rumors suggested had dated the decedent and of which the decedent had abandoned for the defendant. Though that part of her life was hidden, she told the court that the defendant had confided in her that she had a motive to make sure that Jefferson Tamba was dead, the year following their marriage.“Why did she plan to kill him?” Prosecutor Edwin Fallah said, his glowing eyes comforting the witness.The witness, as if she had rehearsed her part in a play, said, nonchalantly, “It was during a friend’s get together meeting and Comfort was boasting about her luck.”“What did she say?”“Comfort said she had her plan made and Jeff would not live to tell the story after their marriage.”The prosecutor exchanged glances with Judge Neeto Kangar. The judge’s smile was a bit somber and it was not clear if he believed the prosecution’s witness.“She plotted to kill the man she was planning to marry?”The witness answered crisply, “Yes, she told me that Jeff did not respond to her love the first time they met, and though I thought she was even joking, she said she was telling me the truth.“She told me Jeff ignored her, when they first met and when he finally agreed to make up with her, she on the other hand had made up her mind to ensure that he paid for what he did to her.”“When you mentioned Jeff,” the prosecutor said, “are you referring to the decedent whose death is the cause of this preliminary trial?”“Yes.” “And again,” the prosecutor said, “when you mentioned the person who told you about murdering a man who was planning to marry her, you are referring to the defendant in this case?”“Yes,” the witness said, “I’m referring to Comfort Wesseh, who later on took the name Mrs. Tamba upon herself.”Jason Doe was on his feet, “That is improper examination, no proper foundation established.”“Sustained,” the judge said, “the witness will have to recognize her limitation about commenting on issues that the court has reserved for itself and the prosecutor must provide the necessary guidance to that effect.”“Thank you, Your Honor,” Prosecutor Fallah said, and turning to the witness, said, “Your reference is about Ms. Comfort Wesseh otherwise known as Mrs. Comfort Tamba?”“Yes.”“So,” the prosecutor said, “the motive for her pre-meditation to murder the man who was about to marry her stemmed from what she claimed but an unfounded neglect in the past?”“Yes and she also indicated to me that she would use Jeff to make herself rich,” the witness said.“Was it by taking advantage over him?”“Yes. Comfort said she had been able to convince Jeff to build a duplex, where she is residing presently, and she had also managed to get him to put aside a large sum of money, roughly, in her own words, USD500, 000.00.”“Where did the decedent get that huge money from?”“You see,” the witness said, “Jeff’s father rented lands in Monrovia and other parts of the country. He has rented and sold lands and as a result acquired a fortune and to make matters worse, Jeff was the only son in the family of ten siblings.”“Therefore,” the prosecutor said, “it is clear that she plotted his death to get hold of the material prosperity that she saw coming to him?”The witness’s smile was hasty, and said, “That becomes obvious.”At the defense table, Jason Doe sat along with the defendant, whose eyes gazed directly at the witness, with her mouth forming the expression, ‘oh my God.” Also sitting with the defendant was Jason Doe’s private secretary, Janet Lovebird and completing the team was former police detective John Saye,who provided valuable sources of material to the lawyer.While the defendant’s face demonstrated shock, ex-detective Saye, secretary Lovebird and criminal lawyer Jason Doe appeared unfazed by what the witness was revealing.Jason Doe was never perturbed about what was happening since in a couple of minutes, he would have the chance to turn the witness inside out about the events that she had freely volunteered upon the insistence of the prosecution.Jason Doe was in such contemplation when he heard the prosecutor said, “Your Witness,” as he sauntered to his seat. The courtroom was silent, and a drop of a pin could have been heard.Jason Doe lifted his frame from his chair, and grinned at the witness.The comical result of his action overwhelmed the spectators, and it increased their expectation about what was coming.Walking directly towards the witness, Jason Doe said, “Your name is Tenneh Sombai?”“Yes.”“You have four children?”The prosecutor was on his feet, “Take it easy on my client,” he said, and directing his attention to the judge said, “Your Honor, Your Honor what does her family get to do with the current case?”The judge said, “Overruled, the witness will answer the question.”Jason Doe smiled.“There are at least four children in your home?”“Yes,” the witness said, they are all my children; let me tell you now.”The lawyer considered her answer and said, “Thank you for letting me to know about that.”There were murmurs in the spectators, and Judge Neeto Karnga sounded her gavel twice and said, “The court will insist that there will not and cannot be any disruption in the proceedings and therefore I will not hesitate to throw any of you in the audience out so be warned.”Silence was restored.“You testified in court that the defendant is your friend and I’m aware that friends are meant to support each other and by your own admission, the defendant told you about his plans to murder the man who was planning to marry her.“What was your reaction when you received the information from her about her alleged plan to murder her husband?”The witness shifted in the dock, and with a grin, said, “I never thought she meant what she told me.”“What you testified is that the defendant made a confession about her premeditation, did it occur to you that by not informing the police, if at all this story is true, you are equally responsible for the murder of Jefferson Tamba?”The witness’s eyes stared in the ceiling, and they were complemented by the echoes of the ceiling fans that hummed as they filled the courtroom.As the witness hesitated, the lawyer walked to the defense table and conferred with ex-police detective Saye. They held a brief consultation before the lawyer moved away and walked towards the witness.“Is your name Ms. Mrs.?”“I hope you are not trying to humiliate me,” she said, pushing her chin up.“’Why do you think I want to humiliate you?”“You keep asking me funny questions that I find them embarrassing to answer.”“But you never found it embarrassing to point fingers at a woman whose fiancé was murdered and you are suggesting that she told you about her plan to murder a man she loved?”“Those are two things you are talking about.”“What was your relationship with the decedent?”“Friendly.”“You met with him and discussed some issues did you not, the day before he was murdered?”The witness might have sensed what was coming, and blurted out, “My relationship with Jeff was purely on business.” The lawyer shifted gears.“What type of business are you talking about?”“We had a private issue I called business and I don’t think I need to explained it.”Judge Neeto Karnga said, “The witness will answer the question about the kind of business she had with the decedent.”“What was the business about?”After much wrangling of her hands, the witness said, her voice low, as many leaned forward to hear her:“The truth of the matter is that I was Jeff’s first true love and so after he told me about his impending marriage I met with the day before he was murdered. When he told me the news, I felt like my world would come to an end. It was difficult for me to imagine that a man whom I had loved back in school wasgoing to have another, one of my friends as a life partner.“It was difficult for me to accept and I had to…” her voice broke and was unable to continue.Jason Doe turned swiftly to Judge Neeto Karnga whose facial expression exhibited an exceptional interest. The judge indicated to the lawyer and the prosecutor to proceed to her chambers, and held a brief consultation.Two minutes later, Judge Neeto Karnga addressed the court: “It is always an intriguing case when love is at the center of a relationship like this one that has ended in tragedy. While it provides sociologists a chance to examine why others are not willing to let love go away, this case and its resolution indicates sadly that there are times when love blinds our human sense of reason and as a result becomes the foundation for the end of such a wonderful life.”The case was adjourned and the defendant was ordered released and Tenneh Sombai held for prosecution.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Aspen Medical Launches ‘First Aid’ Education for Schools, Community, Organizations

first_imgAspen Medical Liberia has launched a new initiative to help provide first aid education for kids in schools, community and work places as part of its support to good health environmentin Liberia.Aspen Medical Liberia is one of Monrovia’s leading private medical clinics, providing a full range of western standard medical and emergency services, located in Sinkor.At the launch of the initiative yesterday held at the B. W. Harris Episcopal High School in Monrovia, Business Development and Community Relations Manager, Elaine Sey, explained that the new initiative is part of her organization’s plan for promoting a healthy society.“Today is the beginning of Aspen’s plan in educating the kids about the issue of first aid and we have over 200 students who completed this one-day training of basics first aid education. Aspen strongly believes that they will apply it on campus and within their various communities,” madam Sey explained.Madam Sey said she was impressed with the level of participations of the kids (Students) in getting first aid, which has motivated her organization of its desire to expand the initiative to other institutions, adding that such program would motivate the kids in filling the gap of specialization within the health sector of Liberia.She explained further that, “The kids today proved excellent and were encouraged to ask important questions that indicate they have passion for what we taught today. Some may demonstrate this first aid tomorrow and save a person’s life. We were also able to use things they can easily get within their homes, community and apply first aid.”Madam Sey also disclosed a plan to decentralize the initiative to help other institutions, communities and work places to have a solid first aid education to facilitator buttress health workers’ efforts in saving lives and having a healthy community.“We are taking this worthy initiative and anticipate that school administrators will take advantage of this opportunity to have their kids (Students) and staff trained in first aid without any cost,” she asserted.She continued, “We are anticipating that other organizations will provide support to help us continue this training and help Liberia… and we need the commitment of school administrators, organizations and beneficiaries.”Also speaking, B. W. Harris’ acting vice principal for instruction, Benjamin L. Tulay Sr., expressed his impressions of the training being provided for his students and called on Aspen Medical Liberia to increase the number of training days to help equip the students with first aid knowledge and skills.He added that, “This will help the students take care of emergencies both on campus and at home in absence of teachers and parents. It is important for children to know or be educated on how to solve emergency problems. We hope that they can also trained our staff in handling such a situation if any.”Students who spoke with the Daily Observer expressed gratitude for the new program and called on the organization to continue the program as well as increase the training days to enable beneficiaries to be better equipped with the newly acquired knowledge.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Give me your hand

first_imgGive me your hand,Let me hold fast unto it;So that you’ll lift me up,From where I stand!Lift me up from where I stand,With your bold strong hand,O, you mighty one,And stand me up firm!You’re the source of my inspirationThe fountain of my imagination;Bless the works of my handAnd take them to another level!Print my works on the “sand of time”That generations unborn will come to see;And appreciate this inborn gift of yours,Which I’ve cultivated and cherished yet forlorn!Give me your handLet me clench unto itFor I am counting on you, O, mighty oneWho bestowed this enviable gift of meAnd let my works not be forlorned!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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GOL Snubs Traditional Council’s Peace Building Retreat

first_imgAt least seven government officials invited to participate in the just-ended two-day national peace building retreat by the members of the National Council of Chiefs and Elders (NACCEL), chose not to attend, and the gathering of over 250 chiefs and civil society organizations expressed disappointment about their behavior.Government officials invited included Information Minister Eugene Nagbe, National Elections Commission (NEC) chairman Jerome Korkoya, Attorney General and Justice Minister Benedict Sannoh, Finance and Development Planning Minister Amara Konneh, Senate Pro temp Amarh Jallah and House Speaker Alex Tyler. Former Internal Affairs Minister Blamo Nelson, who was also invited, was absent.Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai, who was also invited but could not personally attend, was represented and expressed his regret and also declared declared his support for the initiative. He stated that traditional leaders must educate Liberian children to make peace with themselves in building a peaceful society for the future.Until the closure of the retreat yesterday evening, there was no official communication from the absentee government officials about their absence, which was interpreted by the elders and chiefs as a sign of disrespect.According to organizers, the retreat, which brought fifteen paramount chiefs from 15 of Liberia’s sub-political divisions, was intended to deliberate and find the way forward on recent disturbing issues that have come up in the country.On the first day of the retreat, Chief Zanzan Karwor, head of the National Council of Chiefs, catalogued events including the mysterious of death of Harry Greaves, Jr., the arrest and the subsequent disturbance by hundreds of young people who demanded the release of the victim and most of all the call for Liberia to be designated as a Christian Nation, a suggested clause which Liberian Muslims regard as a plot by some disgruntled politicians to divide the country and throw it into chaos.The theme for the first day was ‘Dialogue among leaders to promote peace and patriotism, nationalism and national symbols’ and was moderated by Cultural Ambassador Juli Endee.The second day’s theme, moderated by Rev. J. Emmanuel Z. Bowier, focused on ‘How to sustain peace using traditional mechanisms (peace hut).Other organizations that failed to send representatives included the Press Union of Liberia, Campaigner for Change and Sure Liberia, the Liberia Council of Churches, Civil Society Organization and the Lebanese Business Community.Those present were representatives of the Muslim Council of Liberia, Coalition for Transformation of Liberia, MOH-Global Communities and The Carter Center.Ambassador Endi moderated the final session, titled ‘the way forward’ but without the presence of government officials intended to get involved in the discussion and the deliberations, the elders and chiefs expressed their disappointment.The chairman of the Coalition for Transformation of Liberia, Archie Sannor, who was recently arrested and later released, told the chiefs and elders that the young people do not disrespect their leaders, including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.However, he recounted corrupt practices by unnamed government officials that have been prosecuted and mentioned the abundant natural resources that are not used to make life better for ordinary Liberians.“We are citizens of this country, chiefs and elders, and so when things are not done for the people, we as young people have the right to demand why from our government, and this is interpreted to mean disrespect to our leaders,” Sannor argued.Sannor appealed to the elders and chiefs to engage the government to change how things are done in the country to bring real development to the land and its people. “We don’t have electricity, poor roads and even some roads are constructed three times, wasting money that could have been [saved if the job was done well the first time]. Our country, compared to others is the worst and least developed, yet we are blessed with natural resources that other countries don’t have,” he said.Representing the Muslim Council of Liberia, Ali Sylla, re-echoed the council’s position against Proposition 24, which calls for a referendum to decide making Liberia a Christian Nation, and instead recommended, among other things, education and economic empowerment to Liberians of all faiths.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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FIFA Approves YFD for Liberia

first_imgThe world football controlling body, FIFA, has approved a youth football development league for Liberia to support domestic youth football in the country.According to a letter sent to the Liberia Football Association by FIFA acting general secretary Marcus Kattner, a copy of which was sent to its development office in neighboring Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, FIFA will provide support for the hosting of 16 teams of 20 players (per team, including two goalkeepers).LFA technical director Henry Browne said FIFA will also provide bibs, shirts, shorts, shin guards, socks, boots and goalkeeping equipment, balls and cones.He said a FIFA development officer will visit Liberia to help the LFA prepare the project and relevant timetable for the various activities.Browne said the success of the youth tournament, which will benefit U-14 male and female teams, will lead to the hosting of another tournament.“We are targeting Monsterrado County for the first tournament,” Browne said, “and once we are successful in hosting it, the next one could be held in another county.”Quoting FIFA’s release, Browne said the Liberia Football Association is responsible to propose dates to host one-month coaching course before the tournament.“We also must have a referees’ course one week before the start of the league,” Browne said.“We will have to submit an activity plan for the planning of the two courses and also to provide FIFA with a league schedule for the competition.”Browne said FIFA will support the youth domestic league with US$50,000 and is hoping that the Liberian government can match FIFA’s donation to make the program a remarkable success.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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