Category: Crime and Justice

Rising Impunity and Injustice in Liberia: Shielding Rape & Sheltering Rapists

 A Letter to the United Nations Women August 9, 2018 Ms. Marie Goreth Nizigama Country Director UN Women H and G Plaza Sekou Toure Avenue UN Drive, Mamba Point Liberia, West Africa   Dear Ms. Nizigama:   With an innermost sense of grief and sympathy for a 13-year-old Liberian girl who bled profusely to death as a result of being gang-raped on July 21, 2018 in Maryland County by 3 adults, I find it essentially compelling to inform your office about this sad, shocking and disturbing episode – an episode that echoes a stressful memory and traumatic moment. Rape...

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Arguments Against An International Criminal Court in Liberia

Considering the many social, economic and political issues bearing down on the heels of Liberia’s President George Weah’s newly formed administration, establishing an international criminal court in Liberia is not only a bad idea at this time but one that will create political instability. Based on lessons learned from Sierra Leone, President Weah should tread with extreme caution before submitting to pressures from Western countries to establish an international criminal court in Liberia since the same court may be used to ensnare him and members of his administration on crimes of aggression. Liberia needs to strengthen its judicial system rather...

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Guinean Couple Charged with Forced labor of a young Guinean girl

FORT WORTH, TX – A Guinean couple, Mohamed Toure, 57, and Denise Cros-Toure, 57, of Ft. Worth, Texas, appeared in federal court in the Northern District of Texas on a criminal complaint charging them with arranging for a 5-year old West African girl to work in their home for over 16 years without pay and without any education. While these types of indentured servant arrangements are prevalent in Africa, the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution specifically prohibits both slavery and involuntary servitude. It is, perhaps, the only Constitutional amendment that dictates the behavior of private citizens as...

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Securities and Exchange Commission Charges Additional Defendant in ICO Scheme

NEW YORK – The Securities and Exchange Commission announced additional fraud charges stemming from an investigation of Centra Tech Inc.’s $32 million initial coin offering. In an amended complaint filed today, the SEC charged one of Centra’s co-founders, Raymond Trapani, in a fraudulent scheme related to Centra’s 2017 ICO, in which the company issued “CTR Tokens” to investors.  Earlier this month, the SEC and criminal authorities charged Centra’s two other co-founders, Sohrab “Sam” Sharma and Robert Farkas, for their roles in the scheme. “We allege that the Centra co-founders went to great lengths to create the false impression that...

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Defending Former Justice Minister Christiana Tah Against a baseless and prejudicial report by Global Witness

Global Witness is at it again – Selective Justice! This release addresses the March 2018 report by Global Witness titled Exxon Liberia – particularly, the section “Monrovia 2013: Awash in Cash.” Washington – In an attempt to prejudice the minds of many naive and trusting readers in Liberia and around the world, Global Witness begins its sensational news article/report with the phrase “Some Unusual, Large Payments.” The phrase in of itself is vague and open to interpretations. Hence, some will interpret this phrase to mean there is something illegal about receiving bonuses. The report also plants a bias and...

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U.S. imposes financial sanctions on the former President of the Gambia Yahya Jammeh

Washington – Over the last year, various departments and agencies of the United States Government have actively collected information from multiple sources—including the Intelligence Community, U.S. missions around the world, non-governmental organizations, and Congress—to support sanctions designations for individuals around the world. In the executive order, the President issued sanctions and visa restrictions on several persons around the world for human rights abuse or corruption. Simultaneously, the Department of the Treasury issued a number of designations targeting individuals and entities engaged in human rights abuse or corruption or supporting those sanctioned by the President. Yahya Jammeh (Jammeh), the former President...

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U.S. Treasury Sanctions Venezuelan Officials Associated with Corruption

Washington – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated four current or former Venezuelan government officials pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13692, as part of Treasury’s ongoing efforts to highlight the economic mismanagement and endemic corruption that have been the defining features of the Maduro regime.  The Venezuelan government’s actions have rendered Venezuela’s currency essentially worthless through hyperinflation, made food and medicine rare commodities through price controls, and triggered a humanitarian crisis that the Venezuelan government refuses to alleviate by changing policy or accepting international assistance. “President Maduro decimated the Venezuelan economy and spurred a...

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UN human rights expert launches official visit to assess freedom of expression in Liberia

PRESS RELEASE: The UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, David Kaye, is carrying out his first official visit to Liberia this week to assess the situation of freedom of expression and access to information in the country. “This visit will help me identify Liberia’s current challenges and suggest law and policy changes that will strengthen the right to freedom of expression,” said Kaye. “The constitution strongly protects freedom of expression, but there is a recognition that the legal and institutional frameworks need to be reformed for this guarantee to be meaningful in practice, both for individuals and the...

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