After Flogging Of Businessman By Capitol Building Security, Local And Int’l Human Rights Groups File Complain To ECOWAS Court

In tears, Mr. Winn explained that he borrowed US$19,000 from GN Bank to pre-finance the work and he is being harassed by the bank for payment. (Photo credit: FPA)

A conglomeration of local and international human rights organizations have vowed to take the Liberian government to ECOWAS Court regarding the alleged flogging of a local businessman, Guss Winn upon alleged orders of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Bhofal Chambers early this week on the grounds of the Capitol Building on Capitol Hill.

Making the disclosure to journalists via a local radio station, the OK FM, Cllr. Augustine Toe said human rights groups are taken the issue seriously by security assigned to the House of Representatives to brutalize a local businessman just because he demanded for his just pay for rendering painting services to that that august body upon its request; “We are preparing to take the Liberian Government to the ECOWAS for brutality against innocent citizen,” Cllr. Toe in a rather dishearten statement said.

The grounds of the Capitol Building on Tuesday, April 28, was a scene of action when a contractor on Tuesday who had gone to request members of the House of Representatives for his just pay in the tone of US25,000 after rendering services that august body was reportedly flogged by private security assigned to the House of Representatives for staging a protest in demand of his pay.

The victim, Guss A. Winn, said he entered into an agreement with the Speaker and members of the House of Representatives about four months ago to paint the Capitol and since that agreement was sealed and job done in keeping with the agreement, they have refused to fulfill their part of the agreement.

The amount owed the local contractor is in the tune of US$25,000.00. The security guards assigned on the Speaker’s security detail attempted to force him out of the premises when he had just entered with the lids of two cooking pots, banging them together in protest for his payment.

In tears, he also explained that he borrowed US$19,000 from GN Bank to pre-finance the work and he is being harassed by the bank for payment. This, he said is causing him to lose sleep as he has been threatened with jail by the bank.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.