Thursday, February 15, 2007

War Crimes Tribunal Advocate Arrested

The Government of Liberia has confirmed the arrest of Mr. Mulbah Morlu, head of a group calling for the establishment of a war crime court in Liberia.
According to the story, the authorities say he wasn't arrested for the war crimes tribunal advocacy, but because they think he may have been "the brain behind recent mobilization of some group of citizens who stormed the Unity Conference Center in Virginia outside Monrovia in solidarity with the embattled Speaker of the House of Representative Mr. Edwin M. Snowe Jr."

...which makes no sense to me, because I can't imagine that Snowe is a big fan of the war crimes tribunal idea.

The story wonders if he's being persecuted for going against the wishes of the government, which doesn't favor war crimes trials at this time. But that also seems unlikely to me. Ellen doesn't have a record of trying to squash the opposition, does she? The tribunal issue is not costing her much popular support, after all.

Do readers have any insight on this?

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This guy is a trouble maker. He is a stooge of Edwin Snowe. He hides behind his Forum for the Establishment of War Crime Court to perpectuate his evil designs.Based on his utterances and action of the past, it is difficult to distinguish his views from that of the Speaker. If they don't find any evidence against him, let them set him free. If there is evidence against him, he should be prosecuted in a court of law.

Morlu has long being masqurading as a war crime court advocate but contrary to his advocacy, he has organized several unruly demonstrations without government permission.

On January 15, 2007, the day the House of Representatives of Liberia was planning to remove Speaker Snowe, Mulbah organized a demonstration of Ex-combatants. The purpose of the demonstarion according to Mulbah Morlu was demand salary arrears from the government and to present a petition for the Impeachment of President Johnson Sirleaf. The demonstration was call off because of the potential for rioting.

On the 18 of January, he organized another demonstration to protest the sitting of the breakaway law at the UCC in Virginia(Brewerville). He was also responsible for organizing the riot in Paynesville. The same day the President was to have her radio show(conversation with the President).

All the incidents outlined above can't be consider a coincident. I had the opportunity to have read many of his writings which are very deragotory of government and inciting.

I have no problem with Mulbah unfair criticisms of government but the pretext under which it is done. He should stop hiding behind his advocacy group and independently state his opinion

This guys is trying to create chaos in the society because of his personal dislike for the government. Some of us is old enough to know how the crisis started in Liberia in 1979 that led to the 14 years of Civil war. Mulbah is reading from the pages of the organizers of the April 14, 1979 demonstration. People like Mulbah plays on the minds of the innocense, destititue and unemployed to create confusion.

Do you know that Morlu is a registered member of the Congress of Democratic Change? I am not suggesting that CDC is supporting his action. There are lot of good citizens in the CDC. The point is he is not a neutral fellow.

Thnks for giving the opportunity to enlighten you.

3:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mulbah Morlu, right? The man is is as unprincipled and crookish as night comes. He has no respect in the true tradition of Liberians civil rights advocates who have blazed the trail for the fredom we now enjoy today.

He's a carpet begger for Edwin Snowe and a desprate man wanting attention. Well, you only need to googled his name and you will make up your own mind about this scoundrel. The country has had enough of people like him. His advocacy is wayward and lacks the true foundamental of anything prudent.

7:31 PM  
Blogger josh said...

Just for the record, this blog does not condone such ad hominem attacks. I don't know the guy, and I won't strike these comments, but let's keep it civil.

7:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is charged for the riot in Paynesville when ex-combatants tried to hijack the Presidential motorcade in demand for their "just benefits". As if murdering, torturing and harassing people over the last 14 year is a reason to award them benefit. They should be tried for war crimes. It is beyond me that Morlu would organize a "peaceful protest" which turn out to be a stone-throwing riot with them. He wouldn't be taken seriously if he is serious about advocating for a war crimes court if his constituents are ex-combatants who are the principal war criminals.

10:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

By the way, he has been released on bail and is in the custody of Mr. Dempster Browne, a Monrovia lawyer, pending his answering to charges of "assault", "criminal mischief", and "rioting". Police spokesperson announced that other charges may be brought against him in connection to injuries to police officers and damage of property due to the stone-throwing riot he organized in Paynesville.

10:38 PM  

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