Liberia: ‘Hidden Hands Behind Journalist’s Imprisonment -Former Minister
The legal counsel for the Imprisoned Managing Editor of FrontPageAfrica, Attorney Samuel Kofi Woods is claiming that there are hidden hands behind the imprisonment of Rodney D. Sieh.
Atty. Woods who is also a former Minister of Public Works has warned Justice Minister Christiana Tah to desist from making ‘reckless comment’ about lawyers representing the legal interest of journalist Sieh.
He said comments made by Minister Tah suggest that some invisible hands are acting behind the scene in shadow.
Woods made the statement Thursday during a solidarity press conference at the Clay Street offices of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL).
The Human Rights Lawyer told Minister Tah to focus her attention on more research work on how young girls have been abused by older men in society than to scorn lawyers of taking the Sieh case to the ECOWAS Court in Abuja, Nigeria.
Although Atty. Woods did call names but stressed “We fought battles in this country; we fought tyrants and dictators here and we are ready to fight again. The same battle garments are still on our shoulders,” Woods recalled.
Woods said he defended Journalists Philip Wesseh, James Setuah the late Stanton Peabody; the Samuel Dokie’s interest after his mysterious disappearance and he stands ready to defend Sieh.
Woods said they [lawyers] will hold the Government of Liberia responsible if anything happens to Sieh on grounds that Journalist Sieh was escorted to the JFK under the canopy of darkness by four heavily armed men, unknown to family members and friends.
He however described libel law as draconian and insisted that as human rights lawyer, he will ensure that libel law be reformed.
Woods fearlessly stated that great men like Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela challenged laws that were against human existence.