Executive Mansion, Monrovia
Nine prisoners from the Monrovia Central Prison have been granted Executive Pardon by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.Those pardoned include six men and three women who have been held at the prison for minor offenses. The decision was taken Friday, December 23, by the Liberian leader during a visit to the Prison as part of a Christmas goodwill gesture.
The President urged those released to remain peaceful and law abiding citizens. “The next time you violate the law and you are caught, you will not stay in the central prison; you will be sent to the prison in Grand Gedeh County,” the President cautioned those ordered released.
According to an Executive Mansion release the Liberian President has directed the Ministry of Justice to review the cases of other inmates at the Monrovia Central Prison who have been held for minor offenses.
“I’ve asked them to look at each of your case, the person who did not commit a serious crime … if you did armed robbery or you did murder, rape, I can’t help you. But if that’s something small; they will look at you and say yes they can do it, then, they can work on that next week.”
The President later presented a purse of US$1,000 to members of the kitchen staff of the prison.? She thanked the staff for their commitment to duty. The Chief Executive also presented some food items including rice and fish as well as toiletries, mattresses, slippers, coal pots, among other items to the prison.
The Liberian leader was accompanied to the Central Prison by Solicitor General Wilkins Wright and other officials of government.
Earlier, the President distributed Christmas gifts among mothers and babies at the Maternity ward of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital.
In another development, the Minister of Information, Culture Affairs & Tourism, Cletus A. Sieh, has been relieved of his position by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The decision takes immediate effect.
An Executive Mansion release says Minister Sieh was dismissed Saturday, December 24, for his indiscretion in the manner he handled security information relating to disturbances over the weekend by vacation job students.
Deputy Information Minister for Public Affairs, Jerolinmek Piah, has been named acting Information Minister by the President.
Meanwhile, the curfew imposed on Friday, December 23rd in the wake of disturbances by students demanding temporary vacation job pay has been lifted by Government.