Executive Mansion, Monrovia
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has signed into law an Act making armed robbery, terrorism and hijacking capital offenses.
The Act to amend “chapters 14 and 15 sub-chapter (c), titled 26,” known as the new penal law of 1976, was revised by adding thereto four new sections thereby making the crimes of armed robbery, terrorism and hijacking, respectively, capitol offences and providing punishment therein.”
The President also signed an Act to establish the National Bureau of Veterans Affairs as well as an Act to implement the convention on the prohibition of the development, production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons and on their destruction.
Present at the signing ceremony were the Chairman of the Senate’s Committee on the Executive, Senator Gloria Scott; Chairman of the House of Representative’s Committee on the Executive, Hon. Kettehkumehn Murray; Montserrado County Representative, Richard Holder; Bomi County Representative Haja Fata Sayon; and Minister of State for Legal, Finance and Economic Affairs, Morris Saytumah.
The President is fully cognizant that Liberia as a State Party is a signatory to the UN’s Second Optional Protocol aiming at the abolition of the Death Penalty commonly known as the ‘Second Optional Protocol’.
However, she shares the view and responded to the appeal of the majority of the people for a robust response to the increasing level of crime involving robberies that include physical assault rape and murder by robbers who attack innocent citizens, thereby creating panic and a confidence crisis in the society.
The President is committed to revisiting the Act for possible amendment as soon as the situation is brought fully under control and sustainable peace is assured.