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A group of concerned citizens from Grand Gedeh County are demanding the speedy trial for one of their lawmakers, Morias Waylee who was arrested last week by the police on charges of ‘criminal conspiracy’ arising from rape allegation brought against him.

A day after Rep. Wylie’s arrest, several placards-carrying Grand Gedeans thronged the headquarters of the Liberia National Police (LNP) in demand of speedy court proceeding for their illustrious son, rather than keeping him behind bars at the headquarters.

Majority of the citizens believed to be from Konobo District or Electoral District #2 which the accused represents called on the authorities of the LNP to ensure fairness by sending their lawmaker to court.

“Send him to court, we want justice, where is the evidence among others,” some of the placards read. It was reported in May of this year that the lawmaker allegedly raped and impregnated his niece who was reportedly living with him, but later took her out of his home to an unknown location after the ‘secret’ became public.
Public outcries immediately ensued with several individuals and human rights organizations calling for his immediate arrest and subsequent prosecution for such crime.
Perhaps on the back of the public outcries, police Thursday arrested and charged the lawmaker with criminal conspiracy and tampering with a witness during investigations and remanded in custody.
Police Inspector General, Col. Gregory Coleman told reporters that with the investigation carried out by the LNP along with partners, it has been established that a minor named Regina Barway, known to be a niece of Rep. Waylee has lived with him and was in school through his sponsorship at a school in Careysburg, along the Kakata-Monrovia highway.
“We have come to make it publicly known that Hon. Waylee has been arrested and charged. His actions are in violation of our penal code. In view of the evidence gathered and circumstances surrounding this matter, the investigation has resolved to charge suspect Morias Waylee and Wedeh Waylee, the wife of the suspect, with criminal conspiracy in violation of chapter 10.4. And in addition to that for tampering with witness which is in violation of Chapter 12 sub-chapter C 1240b1 and Chapter 12 sub-chapter C section 12.411 for tampering with the criminal investigation. All of which contravene the Revised Penal Code of the Republic of Liberia,” Colonel Coleman.
Col. Coleman disclosed that the suspect will be in police custody for 48 hours and his wife is wanted for questioning. “Anyone seeing Mrs. Wedeh Waylee should kindly hint the nearest police so that she can be arrested to help us in our investigation,” he noted.
Meanwhile, Colonel Coleman has noted that the suspect, who has not been charged with rape now, does not mean that it is overlooked because the investigation is still ongoing, and there is a need to establish all the facts to make sure the act was committed before coming up with such a charge.
At the same, child rights activist, Abraham Keita said he has been wishing to see the arrival of the case at this level. “My struggle has not and will never be against innocent souls, but those who continue to perpetrate heinous crimes against our sisters and others in our country. It does not matter who is involved, justice must be served to all men impartially,” he noted.


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