Liberia: Rep. Yekeh Kolubah Finally Turns Himself Over to Court to Face Prosecution
Monrovia – District#10 Representative, Yekeh Kolubah has finally turned himself over to Criminal Court ‘A’ at the Temple of Justice to face trial for the charges of attempted murder, criminal facilitation, aggravated assault, among others, leveled against him by the state.
Report by Augustine T. Tweh, [email protected]
Rep. Kolubah was escorted to the court on early Tuesday morning by Representatives Beyan Howard, Francis Nyumalin and Thomas Gorshua to sign for the indictment drawn against him.
Based on the alleged crimes against the lawmaker, a Writ of Arrest was issued on him by the Monrovia City Court Judge, J. Kennedy Peabody, to answer to the charges.
The Writ of Arrest issued on the lawmaker was based on the indictment drawn by the Grand Jury of Montserrado County.
Rep. Kolubah had told journalists that he was not in hiding and that he was willing to obey the court once the court uses the established procedure to bring a lawmaker to the court.
He said he would remain a law-abiding citizen and respect the court.
The lawmaker was accused of ordering his bodyguards to beat mercilessly a resident of his district who had refused to accept a leaflet and T-shirt for the June 7 protest.
Police said they picked up six suspects on June 5 upon a distress call from Emmanuel Freeman and met him lying under a market table opposite Rep. Kolubah’s house. He was lying naked, handcuffed, with wounds on his head and bruises on his body, the police said.
The police claimed the victim was tortured and flogged allegedly by Rep. Kolubah’s personal bodyguards and was rushed to the John F. Kennedy Hospital for admittance and medical treatment.
Investigative findings coupled with evidence produced during police probe, the LNP charged the suspects with the commission of the crime terrorist threat, criminal facilitation, aggravated assault and felonious restraint have been forwarded to Court for trial.
On June 5, FrontPageAfrica witnessed a bus and a pick-up full of well-armed of the Police Support Unit (PSU) and Emergency Response Unit (ERU), elite units of the Liberia National Police, who surrounded the home of the lawmaker to have him arrested based on the distress call from Freeman.
This attempt to arrest him was stalled by residents of the District.
Despite deploying over two dozen of armed officers at his home, the police argue that the intent was not to arrest the lawmaker, rather invite him to the headquarters for questioning.
Rep. Kolubah was later taken to the police headquarters by the ECOWAS Representative in Liberia.