Liberia Broadcasting System

Prez. Sirleaf grants Executive clemency to inmates

Arthur Douglas/Joseph T. Koon

( 24, 2015)- Liberians have been urged to be law-abiding and engage into positive ventures for the development of their country.

Liberian President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, said:” Respect for the rule of law is vital to good citizenship and a key component in the governance process of Liberia.”

President Sirleaf also warned Liberians against the commission of rape, murder, armed robbery and other heinous crimes.

She said: “Such crimes have no place in society because they have destroyed the country.

The Liberian Leader made the statement Wednesday, December 23, 2015 when she pardoned 50 prisoners from the Monrovia Central Prison and other prisons across the country.

President Sirleaf said:” My decision to pardon you is in line with the authority granted me by the Liberian Constitution.”

”Owing to the gravity of the acts, releasing perpetrators would send a wrong signal to the society, “she noted.

Article 59 of the Liberian Constitution gives the President the power to grant pardon, suspend fines and sentences, and restore civil rights after conviction of all public offenses, except impeachment.

In remarks, Justice Minister, Benedict Sannoh, said the prisoners were recommended for pardon based on non-major offenses committed and the significant period served in their various prison terms.

Minister Sannoh said: “Those released included convicts and pre-trial detainees for various minor crimes, ranging from theft of property to simple assault.”

According to the Justice Minister, of the number, twenty-three prisoners were released from the Monrovia Central Prison, seventeen from Nimba County and three each from Grand Gedeh and Lofa Counties.

Others included one each from Maryland, Bomi, Grand Bassa and Sinoe Counties, respectively.

In another development, President Sirleaf has begun the distribution of assorted food items to the Disabled Community in Monrovia and its environs.
The items included rice, fish and other edibles, among others.

Making the presentation on behalf the President, the Coordinator of the Special Presidential Services, Toe Wesseh, said the gesture by the Liberian Leader was intended to identify with Liberians, especially the physically challenged in society during these festive seasons.

The recipients included handicapped, amputees, staff of the TB Annex in Congo Town, among others.


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