Judge Grants Rep. Yekeh Kolubah’s Travel Request


Monrovia – Judge Roosevelt Willie has granted the bill of information filed by Representative Yekeh Kolubah, requesting the court to grant him to travel for medical reasons.

Representative Kolubah asked the court to grant him two weeks to seek medical examinations in Ghana but state prosecutors objected to the request.

A medical certificate was presented by Dr. Abdul Haram of the Ahamdiya Clinic but the certificate was contested by state lawyers.

The court issued a writ of subpoena on Rep. Kolubah’s doctor, who appeared Tuesday to testify to the certificate.

The doctor consented that the certificate was issued by him and that the diagnosis of the lawmaker can only be treated abroad.

The state argued that there was no record before the court, calling on the Judge to deny Kolubah’s request. 

But Judge Willie denied the state’s argument and said its cited cannot be a ground to deny the request on the grounds and that the defendant is a convict as compare to the Montserrado District #10 lawmaker Kolubah.

Judge Willie said he could not deny the request because the medical certificate provided to the court was authentic.

“The court grants [the] two weeks requested by Rep. Kolubah to seek medical attention in Ghana to commence on the date of his departure from Liberia,” the Judge said.

The court then request the lawmaker to present his air ticket, and upon his return to Liberia he should present himself before the sheriff of the court.

Judge Willie mandated the sheriff of the court to issue the relevant precept to Rep. Kolubah  to enable his travel but his (Kolubah ) air ticket should be presented before the clearance is issued by the court.

The lawmaker is indicted after he was accused of ordering his bodyguards to to manhandled a man who had reportedly refused to accept leaflets of 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.

According to the police, based on investigation coupled with evidence produced during police probe, the lawmaker was charged with the commission of the crime of terrorist threat, criminal facilitation, aggravated assault and felonious restraint.