ALP Political Leader, Benoni Urey Denied U.S. Visa, As Supporters Ponders Over His Presidential Bid

00281353 0575d6701eb5597ea6ffeec300cfe6bc arc614x376 w614 us1The political leader of the All Liberian Party (ALP) has reportedly been denied visa to visit the United States according to a local daily quoting a reliable source from the United States embassy accredited to Liberia.

The paper quoting an official of the ALP, Theodore J.S.B. Momo, Jr. as saying his political leader is currently in the Ivory Coast on an official visit, but declined to confirm on the report that his political leader has been denied a US entry visa.

This latest development concerning Urey’s visa denial saga by the United States Embassy near Monrovia, Liberia, should it be established, could have serious implications for his bid to lead Liberia after incumbent President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in 2018.

Memories remain fresh about Charles Ghanky Taylor, the Country former President who is behind bars in the UK for crimes against humanity.

The businessman now politician is ally to jailed Liberian former President, Charles G, Taylor and has suffered over the past years US and United Nations sanctions for his ties with the former President and role in the Liberian civil war.

For more than 11 years, Urey was on a United Nations travel ban list for his alleged role in arms procurement for Charles Taylor’s rebels and his relationship with Mr. Taylor.

Urey has since denied any role in arms purchase for Mr. Taylor’s rebel group, the defunct National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL).

Speaking to supporters of Mr. Urey’s ALP on this latest development said they were taken aback of this latest news, and pray that such information is not truth, stressing, “We hope that this information being circulated in the Liberian media is untrue. Because if this is true it will cripple his political quest for the presidency,” Aaron Karn, a man in his early 50s who said he is full member of Mr. Urey’s ALP told our reporter in a chat.

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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.