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LIBERIA: GOVT BACKS DOWN, RELEASES JETHRO KOLLIE FROM PRISON

By Socrates S. Saywon – Jethro Kollie of the opposition Alternative National Congress (ANC) has been released from the Monrovia Central Prison,  minutes after the University of Liberia campus-based Student Unification Party (SUP) stormed the Monrovia Central Prison, demanding the release of Kollie.

On Monday Jethro Kollie was sent to prison after the Monrovia City Court failed to grant him bail following multiple charges from Liberia National Police (LNP).

The Liberia National Police (LNP) had earlier charged Kollie for allegedly raising “false public alarms” and making “false statements” through his Facebook post alleging ritualistic killings across the country.

However, speaking at the Monrovia Central Prison on Wednesday, October 6, the propaganda chair of SUP Lawrence S. Tuah said Jethro Kollie did no wrong that warrants him behind bars.

According to Tuah, the arrest of Kollie by the Weah’s government was unjustified, and that there were several legal papers filed in court for his release but the state refused.

He disclosed to the media that they received credible information that Jethro Kollie was very sick and needed urgent medical attention, saying: “On Tuesday night, we received calls from Kollie crying for his life, after going without food for days.”

Tueh continued: “If anyone should be imprisoned is the Director of Police Patrick Sudue, somebody whose friends, sisters and brothers are dying in the streets as the result of mysterious deaths and ritualistic killings; he goes on national radio to send out false information.’’

SUP propaganda chair indicated that every human has the right to free expression and speech and Jethro did not commit any crime by his Facebook posting because he didn’t mention any name but just raised alarm so that government can investigate.

Meanwhile, the Inspector General of the Police, Patrick Sudue has announced that anyone who posts false alarms of ritualistic killing in Liberia will be arrested.

Main photo: Jethro Harris Kollie

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