Liberia: IG Sudue Reneges

Liberia: IG Sudue Reneges

Inspector General (IG) of the Liberia National Police (LNP), Patrick Sudue has allegedly refused to endorse a request by Criminal Court ‘C’, for an arrest warrant to be issued with an order directing the police to immediately arrest several co-defendants in the ongoing US$5million case, that involves Nanborlor Singbeh, Secretary of the Liberian Senate,.

In the court arrest order submitted to Sudue dated April 14, 2022, reads that, "You are hereby ordered to arrest and bring to this court the living bodies of Ousman Fofana, Mulbah Kennedy, Patrick Siaphe, Othello Z.B Karr, Nathaniel Barnes, Sylvester Selvkpoh, Patrick Saah Siaphian, and Gloria Caine."

The arrest should have by this time affected three Czech Republic nationals including Ales Sranmek, Karel Socher and Jan Holask.

According to the records, the criminal court explained to Sudue, that in the arrest order, it attaches, the indictment that charged them with multiple offenses, to include; economic sabotage, theft of property, forgery and criminal conspiracy.

"And, forthwith bring them before this Honorable Court for prosecution. If the arrest is effected after court’s working day and hour (Monday-Friday,8am- 3pm,) you are further ordered to detain them at any nearby police station until the following working day and hour, when you shall have brought them to this court," the court order instructed Sudue what to do after the arrest.

Interestingly, after not receiving the cooperation of Sudue, the Sheriff of the court along with the complaint and Attorney Hans Armstrong, a British national, two Czech Republic investors Martin Miloschewsky and Pavel Miloschewsky, who had claimed that they transferred to Singbeh the US$5million that include both cash and mining equipment intended to establish a mining company, the MHM Eko Liberia, in the country recently went to the office of Sudue, to ascertain about the situation.

Because, normally, when such a request by the court to the police, it takes less than two days, to have it endorsed by the IG, however, that is not the case with the Singbeh’s co-defendants.

Surprisingly, when Armstrong and the Sheriff arrived at the Sudue’s office, they were received by the chief of office staff to IG. Sudue.

To their dismay according to them, Sudue’s chief of office staff told them that when it comes to Singbeh’s arrest, the IG said, he would not endorse the court order.

"The court has the authority to arrest Singbeh, why are they requesting the IG to endorse Singbeh’s arrest, "the sheriff quoted the chief of office […]

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