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Cllr. Gongloe Chides Senator Johnson
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Counselor Tiawan Gongloe




Cllr. Gongloe Chides Senator Johnson
By Wellington G. Patrick LINA Nimba County Correspondent

SANNIQUELLIE, December 18 (LINA)-Counselor Tiawan Gongloe has described as totally untrue, Senator Prince Johnson‘s campaign message
that he could influence the Liberian Government to free on compassionate grounds those being tried for allegedly vandalizing Arcelor Mittal properties, if defense lawyers withdraw the case from the court.

Johnson told his supporters across Nimba that his earlier attempt to negotiate for the release of the perpetrators of the July 3 Zolowee riot landed in flame, because scores of Nimba lawyers had earlier imposed a Habeas Corpus against the Liberian Government.

Senator Johnson blamed the defense team because their lawsuit against government did nothing better than to delay the release of citizens accused of vandalizing AcerlorMittal-Liberia’s (AML) facilities in demand of resettlement package.

He wants the lawyers to withdraw the case to permit diplomats and politicians intervene for the speedy release of the accused rioters.

“We will try and will free them from jail”, the incumbent senatorial candidate reiterated his position in his campaign messages throughout the county.

However, Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe told LINA via mobile phone on Wednesday, 17 December that Senator Johnson was making mockery of the citizens and discrediting efforts by Nimba lawyers to defend their citizens from prejudice.

The human rights activist said Johnson has no constitutional ground to release from jail individuals charged with 10 grievous crimes, including armed robbery and attempted murder.

Several lawyers hailing from Nimba, including, Cllr. Yarmie Quiqui Gbeisay and Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe are serving as defense lawyers for those involved
in the Zolowee peaceful demonstration that turned violent at Mount Tokedah in early July  2014.

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