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Liberian opposition defends leader

CDC leader and presumptive candidate for president George Oppong Weah.
CDC leader and presumptive candidate for president George Oppong Weah.

Liberia’s main opposition party, Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), is denying that there is an arrest warrant in the United States for its leader and presumptive candidate for president, George Oppong Weah.       

The Liberian online publication FrontPageAfrica reported that a court in the U.S. State of Georgia issued a warrant for Weah’s arrest for child abandonment and failure to pay child support.

Court withdraws the arrest warrant
Mulbah Morlue, vice chairman for operations and mobilization for the CDC, says that warrant is no longer in effect.

“The speculation that there is an arrest warrant for Mr. Weah quoting court sources is just not true.  While it is true that a court document published on the 18th talked about the warrant, but also the same court issued another document that neutralizes or withdraws that court file of 18 April 2016.  So as we speak, there is no arrest warrant for Mr. Weah,” he said.

Morlue said the case in the Georgia court is politically motivated in order to diminish Weah’s popularity ahead of the election.

There was a child support petition filed

Kenna White, the clerk of the court for criminal hearings of the Newton County Court in Covington, Georgia, confirmed to VOA that a petition was filed by Meapeh Gono Glay, the mother of Weah’s 10-year-old daughter. The court official also confirmed that a hearing has been scheduled on May 11, 2016.

According to one account in FrontPageAfrica, the court had ordered “the father shall pay child support in the amount of $1,000.00 per month commencing May 1st, 2016 to be paid on the 1st day of each month, and continuing every month thereafter until further order of the court”. A document shown to VOA shows that on February 25, 2016 one Laureen J. Mullins, Weah’s attorney, paid $162 to the court, “authorized by my client for the needs of the minor child”.


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