LIBERIA: Tolbert Nyensuah Plea Granted, As Criminal Court ‘C’ Judge Dismisses Gov’t Travel Ban Against Him

Mr. Tolbert Nyensuah

The former Executive Director of the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL), Tolbert Nyensuah is about now celebrating for the restoration of his rights as a Liberian to return to his home country after the Judge of Criminal Court ‘C’, Yamie Quiqui Gbeisay, in his ruling Wednesday granted the wishes of Mr. Nyensuah to return home with any molestation from the government of Liberia.

Criminal Court C Judge Yamie Quiqui Gbeisay on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 dismissed the Liberian government’s travel ban against former National Public Health Institute (NPHIL) Director Tolbert Nyensuah, nothing, that under the Constitution, a citizen of Liberia has the right to return to his motherland when he or she desires to do so.

“Wherefore and in view of the above facts and circumstances, the writ of Ne Exeat Republica issued by this court is hereby declared Null and Void without any legal effect as of today’s date. It is hereby so ordered. Matter suspended.”

Judge Gbeisay ruling grew out of Mr. Nyensuah’s six-count petition filed to the court on May 25, 2020 in the Motion title “Motion to Quash”, requested the court to Dismiss the travel ban filed against him by the State.

Responding to the motion on May 26, prosecution argued that the motion filed by Tolbert Nyensuah lacks legal basis.

Prosecution also argued that the motion is not the proper remedy to seek the dismissal of the travel ban against him. However, the Next Exeat Republica was issued against Tolbert Nyensuah based on investigation conducted by the Asset Recovery and Restitution Commiitee’s findings in which it is alleged that he suandered funds intended to fight the Ebola Virus Disease.

Based on the findings, the government of Lineria issued out a New Exeat Republica against the former NPHIL Director on October 18, 2019.

However, Nyensuah departed the country on Friday, October 18, 2019, the same date of the issuance of the Next Exeat Republica. He, however was not served the writ of Ne Exeat Republica. A New Exeat Republica is a court order restricting or preventing a person or group of persons from the leaving the country for the alleged commission of a crime or crimes.

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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.