Liberia: Police Launch Manhunt for Missing Opposition Politician

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Simeon Freeman is leader of the opposition Movement for Progressive Change
Simeon Freeman is leader of the opposition Movement for Progressive Change

Opposition politician and businessman Simeon Freeman has gone missing after he was ordered arrested and home barricaded for saying that there are reports that the Johnson-Sirleaf administration wants to execute 10 vocal politicians including him.

The New Democrat Understands that he could face a potential sedition charge upon arrest. But what is the exact statement that landed him into trouble with the Liberian authorities?

Freeman: “Ten people that are critical on this government and am told that I am one of them even on that list that supposed to be eliminated by this government, we heard that Daniel Chea, George Weah, Benoni Urey and many others are on that list,”

“There are rumors that the government has formed a death squad, these rumors are all around even in newspapers that there is blacklist of critical persons, ten people that are critical on this government and am told that I am one of the persons even on that list that supposed to be eliminated,”

“This administration is relying on one thing that Liberians do not hold onto issues too long, that Liberians will talk about things for two weeks and it will go to rest, so, on that basis, it is said that there is a plan to get rid of critical and potential people so that it clears the way for the person who the administration prefers”.

Police In Search of Simeon Freeman

The Ministry of Information Sunday confirmed the disappearance of the politician and announced in the following statement that there is a manhunt for his living body.

The statement:

The Liberia National Police is asking for information from the general public in locating Mr. Simeon Freeman, Leader of the Movement for Progressive Change.

According to a MICAT release, Mr. Freeman is wanted by the police to assist with ongoing investigation prompted by statements attributed to him accusing the Liberian Government of organizing a death squad to eliminate ten (10) leading opposition figures in the country; and to further explain his assertion, among other statements, that “if anybody was an enemy to Harry Greaves it was the government”.

Having failed to abide by police’s invitation, a team of police investigators visited Mr. Freeman’s premises to speak with him regarding the ongoing investigation but he was not seen.
The claims by Mr. Freeman are very grave and as such, the LNP is entreating the matter with the utmost seriousness it deserves. Hence, the Police encourages Mr. Freeman to cooperate fully by turning himself over to the police; and as well calls on those having information regarding Mr. Freeman’s location to contact the nearest police station.

MICAT urges that these investigations ought not to reflect on the enviable record of the Liberian Government in protecting freedom of speech and the press.