first_imgAfter failing to secure a US$2,500 bond, the Monrovia City Court on Wednesday forwarded a political party youth leader, Jefferson T. Korjee, to the Monrovia Central Prison to await trial on charges of aggravated assault and kidnapping.Korjee is the National Youth Chairman of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), whose political leader is Amb. George M. Weah.Party members created a spectacle trying to raise the bond in time to prevent Korjee from going to jail. A dramatic effort by Korjee’s lawyers and other executive members of the party including Representatives Acarous Gray and Thomas Fallah of Montserrado County Districts 8 and 5 respectively could not muster the bond fee of US$2,500.They were expected to file the bond before 3 p.m. because under the State of Emergency, every court throughout the country is ordered to be closed by that time instead of the normal 6 p.m. closing time.Because party members delayed in obtaining the bond fee, Magistrate James Dudu ordered Korjee’s detention at the Monrovia Central Prison.Previously Korjee had spent two nights at the headquarters of the Liberia National Police (LNP) before he was charged with aggravated assault and kidnapping. His charge is based on a complaint from one Gbeh Salinto Montgomery said to be the deputy national secretary for youth affairs of the CDC.Montgomery accused Korjee and another CDC executive, Mulbah Morlu of stripping and flogging him. He alleged that the beating caused him several bodily wounds.Morlu did not appear before the court on Wednesday and the reason for his absence was not disclosed.Interestingly, at Wednesday’s hearing, a group of young people believed to be followers of Korjee and the party was seen holding placards in their hands, protesting against his imprisonment and describing it as “politically motivated.”They were, however, prevented from entering the courtroom by officers of the Police Support Unit (PSU) of the LNP. The PSU officers managed to restore calm at the Temple of Justice before they drove Korjee away to his prison cell. Montgomery recounted that the alleged flogging happened on October 21 at the CDC party headquarters during one of their meetings.Montgomery alleged that Korjee and Morlu harmed him because of his support for the party’s former chairman, Mr. George Solo. “On the morning of October 21 at about 3 am, I received a call from Korjee and he said that he was disappointed in me because my car was parked in the fence of Solo,” Montgomery explained in his allegation to police.Montgomery said his response to Korjee was that they as youth leaders needed to do something to maintain peace in the party.Montgomery further recounted that after the conversation he called one Habakkuk Wommie who is the vice chairman for International Affairs of the party’s Youth League.     It was Wommie who suggested for them to meet at the party headquarters to discuss the matter, Montgomery claims.“While we were in the discussion a young man threatened me not to leave the area,” the CDC’s deputy youth secretary said.“While I was arguing with the young man, a group of other young men, including Korjee, Morlu and Habakkuk grabbed me and took me to the back of the headquarters.  They put me into a small room where I met another man identified as Tetoe, whose two legs were tied,” Montgomery further recounted.Montgomery said it was in the room that Morlu, Korjee and Habakkuk stripped and flogged him.“They claimed that they were acting upon the instructions of Amb. George Weah,” Montgomery alleged.“After beating me,” Montgomery added, “they started questioning me about several issues relating to my alliance with George Solo.”“Who’s supporting George Solo in the government?” he quoted one of the questions his tormentors asked him.“They threatened that if I didn’t tell them what they wanted to know, they would kill me because Amb. Weah had asked them to kill me for going against his interest,” Montgomery claimed regarding Amb. Weah’s alleged involvement in the plot.Montgomery further claimed that Morlu and Korjee promised to release him only if he agreed to lie on himself in a video recording.“They intimidated me into declaring on the recording that I sexually harassed a little girl, which was the reason why the angry mob attacked me,” Montgomery said in his testimony to police.He further alleged that Korjee and Morlu also threatened to release the video if he tried to disclose anything to the media about his mistreatment.Police said during the investigation that the accused, Korjee, Morlu and Habakkuk denied the allegations.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal manager Unai Emery wants more consistent performances from the club’s highest paid player Mesut Ozil © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 17 – Arsenal manager Unai Emery is not looking to offload Mesut Ozil this month, but wants the German to start delivering consistently on the field when given the chance.Ozil wasn’t even included in Emery’s squad for last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at West Ham despite taking a full part in training the week before the game on his return from a knee injury. However, Emery insisted the 2014 World Cup winner could return against Chelsea on Saturday in a vital clash for the Gunners if they are to make up a six-point gap to the top four.“I’ve spoken to him because I want consistency. He’s had some injuries and these injuries mean that sometimes he is okay and sometimes he isn’t okay,” said Emery.“I want every player to give the same work everyday to be okay for every match. With Mesut it’s the same. He didn’t play the last matches but to me he’s just like any other player. This Saturday he can be with us if he’s okay.”Ozil has publicly posted photos of his training regime to his nearly 24 million Twitter followers this week to demonstrate he is fit for selection.The decision to hand the former Real Madrid midfielder a contract worth a reported £350,000 ($450,000) a week until 2021 last January has been cited as a major reason why Emery has admitted Arsenal cannot afford any permanent signings this month.And despite reports Arsenal might even be willing to subsidise some of his wages to offload Ozil this month, Emery insisted he is still very much part of his plans.“I’m not thinking about that. I’m thinking about how he can help us this year with good performances,” added the Spaniard.“He’s had injuries and not been okay to play matches, but now after these two weeks maybe this Saturday will be okay for him.”Given Arsenal’s financial struggles, Champions League qualification for the first time in three seasons is even more vital.Emery’s men are fifth, level on points with a resurgent Manchester United, but can close to within three points of Chelsea with victory at the Emirates.“I think Saturday is a big test and our first objective is to be in the top four,” added Emery.“A win will take us closer to them. This will take us one step closer to our objective and this is the test.“Over 38 matches some are small finals and Saturday for us is a small final.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more