Mostly civilian villagers, prosecution witnesses brought with them stories of cannibalism, sexual enslavement and beheadings. One said Jabbateh sliced a baby from a pregnant woman’s stomach and strung her intestines up as rope. Another recalled that Jabbateh in 1994 ordered his soldiers to kill a town chief whose heart was then boiled and eaten. “Jabbateh sought to escape to the United States and start anew, where he lied about his extensive and horrific criminal background on federal immigration forms and to the faces of U.S. immigration officers,” Acting United States Attorney Louis D. Lappen wrote in a statement. “Jabbateh committed atrocities in Liberia that ravaged communities in ways that will be felt for generations.”Read more of this articleSource: AP/ABC News(Visited 8 times, 8 visits today)Commentscomments
October 18, 2017 22:07 UTC
Tension is high among adherents of political fixtures idolized by mainly street gangs and semi illiterate youth groups in various political parties, but more so in the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) party headed by former soccer star George Manneh “Oppong” Weah. Both presidential and legislative elections were held on 10 October 2017. While the legislative election went largely peaceful, the presidential election has been chaotic with several, if not all, political parties are accusing the country’s National Election Commission (NEC) of fraudulent activities, vote rigging, data manipulation, and incompetence in the NEC’s leadership. Others say the president’s interference is an attempt to secure a political footing for her son, Robert Sirleaf, and his associates in Liberian politics. Read more of this storySource: Globe Afrique Media(Visited 24 times, 24 visits today)Commentscomments
October 18, 2017 21:56 UTC
By Ben Mabande |WASHINGTON, DC––Two leading members of the US Senate and three members of Congress have today reached a consensus to focus on the election and post-election violence in developing countries, especially nations in sub-Sahara Africa. The idea emerged from a top member of Congress with vast interest in developments shaping Africa, especially the victimization of innocent and poor people at the hands and by the actions of politicians. The informal group of US lawmakers says election and post-election violence will be absolutely unacceptable in Liberia and Kenya as well as in a number of other African nations. As Liberians return to the poll on November 7 for a runoff presidential ballot, a spokesperson for the informal group of lawmakers say leaders of political institutions and parties, as well as their principal lieutenants in Liberia, will be held fully accountable under international laws in the instance violence occurs during and immediately after the upcoming presidential runoff election. Read more of this articleSource: Globe Afrique Media(Visited 57 times, 42 visits today)Commentscomments
October 18, 2017 21:45 UTC
PHILADELPHIA - A jury of 12 in a U.S. Federal Courthouse today found former Liberian rebel commander Mohammed Jabbateh, aka “Jungle Jabbah,” guilty of two counts of fraud and two counts of perjury for lying to U.S. government officials about his role as a combatant in the Liberian Civil War. Their testimonies exposed the horrors of the civil war, and Jungle Jabbah’s role in perpetuating the violence that destroyed the West African nation. The war resulted in the death of 150,000 civilians and the commission of a wide range of war crimes and human rights abuses by each warring faction in the conflict. “This is the first verdict giving some measure of redress to Liberian victims who have been yearning for justice for too long. The Jabbateh trial was only Chapter 1.
October 18, 2017 18:56 UTC
PHILADELPHI, USA - A 12-member jury has convicted Mohammed Jabateh, an ex-ULIMO rebel commander of all four counts of immigration fraud and perjury for which he was facing trial. Jabateh was accused of lying on his asylum application in the United States and hiding the brutality he imposed on villagers during the 1990s civil war. The verdict came after the jury took just a few hours to consider the case laid out in a 2 week trial that featured 20 witnesses flown in from Liberia to testify about Jabateh’s role as Jungle Jabbah in the first Liberian civil war. Jabateh will now be detained until a sentence is determined, possibly as much as months from now. Family members and lawyers are expected to speak outside the court shortly.
October 18, 2017 18:33 UTC
By Blama G. Konuwah |WEST AFRICA (Globe Afrique) — Authorities in Sierra Leone say it has issued the necessary documents and awaits the arrival of 27 citizens being deported from the United States for drug crimes and other offenses. Emmanuel Turay, the country’s Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman said Tuesday that the Sierra Leoneans were still in custody in the U.S.President Donald Trump’s administration on Sept. 12 announced visa restrictions on four African and Asian nations that have refused to accept citizens deported from the U.S. The restrictions affect Sierra Leone’s foreign ministry and immigration officials. The U.S. ambassador to Sierra Leone has said U.S. authorities allowed the 27 Sierra Leone citizens to go through a legal process before issuing the emergency travel certificates to leave. Read more of this articleSource: Globe Afrique Media(Visited 18 times, 18 visits today)Commentscomments
October 18, 2017 13:07 UTC
It is against this backdrop that GROW is collaborating with Liberia Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority (LACRA), formerly the Liberia Produce and Marketing Company (LPMC), which manages the sector, to ensure that cocoa farmers get their just returns on their produce. GROW, under the arrangement, is responsible for the provision of technical support to LACRA to help develop a sustainable market price information system to disseminate market price information to cocoa farmers at the point of sale. This is the same thing we want to do in the cocoa sector,” he said. GROW, through its partner African Venture Limited (AVL), currently works with 3,000 UTZ certified cocoa farmers in several communities in Nimba. “We conducted a market survey analysis within the cocoa sector and we found out that warehousing was a major problem,” Mr. Joseph Johnson, another official, said.
October 18, 2017 12:32 UTC
Beijing, China – As the Communist Party of China (CPC) gets set for the start of its once in five years congress, beginning Wednesday, October 18, the spokesperson for the most powerful political gathering in the nation said amending the party’s constitution is amongst four major areas of focus. Prepping for the event started back in October 2016, according to the congress spokesman. “Experience have shown that making appropriate amendments to the party constitution in line with new developments and tasks can help every member of the party better understand, abide by, apply and uphold the party constitution,” Tuo told a hall packed with Chinese and foreign journalists. China has made significant economic progress under its one party system despite criticism from western nations. “So far, China has established various forms of partnership with about 100 countries, regions and regional organizations, and China's "friends circle" has become larger,” he said.
October 18, 2017 12:00 UTC
(Al Jazeera News) At least 71 people have been killed in a series of attacks by the Taliban in Paktia and Ghazni provinces, officials in Afghanistan say. Of them, up to 41 people have died in a suicide bombing and gun battle, which injured 150 others, at a police training centre in Gardez, Paktia’s provincial capital. At least 30 others have been killed in car bombings in neighbouring Ghazni province. The initial double attack in Paktia occurred when fighters attacked the regional police headquarters at around 9am local time (04:30 GMT) on Tuesday in Gardez, less than 161km from the capital, Kabul. Read more of this articleSource: Al Jazeera News(Visited 3 times, 3 visits today)Commentscomments
October 18, 2017 09:00 UTC
(LINA) – The opposition United People’s Party (UPP) has officially endorsed the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) in an imminent presidential runoff with the ruling Unity Party (UP) next month. In a release Tuesday, the UPP presidential candidate, MacDonald Wento, along with stalwarts of the party, announced their support at the headquarters of the CDC in Monrovia. For his part, CDC Vice Chairman for Operations, Mulbah Morlu, expressed thanks to the UPP for its decision to come back to the party. The provisional results released by the NEC as of October 15 puts the UPP of presidential candidate MacDonald Wento at 8,613 of the votes counted so far, representing 0.6 percent of the ballots counted. With final results expected this Friday after 95.6 percent of the polling places been counted, the CDC has comfortably obtained 39.0 percent of the total votes cast ahead of UP which has 29.1 percent.
October 18, 2017 08:37 UTC
By Esteban Parra, Scott Goss, and Karl BakerA 30-year-old Wilmington woman, who called city police early Monday worried about her immigration status after her boyfriend was detained by federal authorities, has been charged in the deaths of her infant son and a 5-year-old boy in her care. Police was called later that morning by the same woman and found the children drowned in a bathtub in a Trinity Vicinity-area apartment located in the 800 block of W. Ninth St. in Wilmington. Kula Pelima was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder. She was being held at Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution after failing to post $2 million cash bail, Chief Robert Tracy said at a Tuesday press briefing. Read more of this articleSource: Globe Afriquw/ The Delaware News Journal(Visited 21 times, 21 visits today)Commentscomments
October 18, 2017 08:15 UTC
Police need help finding a man they say broke into a woman’s Brooklyn home Saturday night and raped her. The city police department said it wants to find the man seen above. Police officials said the man sexually assaulted the 24-year-old woman around 10:35 p.m. while she was sleeping in her Bushwick apartment near Halsey St. and Central Ave. Officials said she was taken to a local hospital, where she was treated and released. The man is described as 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighing about 180 pounds, last seen wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt and black jeans.
October 18, 2017 03:56 UTC
Monrovia – FrontPageAfrica has in its possession documents pointing to financial malpractices at the Financial Intelligent Unit (FIU), an anti-graft entity established to fight corruption and money laundering. But Mr. Alex Cuffy has played down the accusations terming it as witch hunt. According to Cuffy, Freeman was making the claims because his contract at the entity was terminated. Atty Freeman further alleged that because he flagged some of the issues of financial mal-practices at the FIU, he got fired by the head of the entity. Atty Freeman cited six instances of financial mal-practices at the FIU.
October 18, 2017 03:11 UTC
Their effort was recognized by the Liberian leader, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who was visited by, at her Foreign Affairs office in Monrovia, prominent women from the African continent. She went on further to tell the President that the WSR has documented 784 election incidents collected from the field. Chesson-Wureh presented a press statement of all of their activities to the Liberian Leader for her perusal. Responding, President Sirleaf praised the group for the level of work they are doing to ensure that peace is maintained. The Liberian leader cautioned the women to remain on the path of peace that they have dedicated their lives to.
October 18, 2017 03:00 UTC
Monrovia - The 6th Judicial Civil Law Court at the Temple of Justice will on Wednesday, October 18, at 2pm commence contempt proceedings against the Ministry of Defense. The proceedings against the Ministry was initially scheduled by the court for yesterday, but was re-scheduled due to the absence of the presiding judge of the court. But court sources hinted this newspaper saying that the Ministry of Justice has already pleaded with the court that it has released the vessel in question. It is not clear what ruling will be made if the Ministry is found liable of contempt. Under the Liberian laws, one found liable of contempt is either fined or imprisoned, based on the discretion of the presiding judge.
October 18, 2017 03:00 UTC