Liberians, and diehard partisans of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) are said to be taken aback of news report of an arrest warrant issued for the political leader, George Weah who recently declared for the second time his presidential bid for the 2017 Liberia’s general and president elections seems worrisome by many of his supporters.
The arrest warrant which is been issued in the United States by the Newton County Court in the State of Georgia on the football legend is based on a complaint filed by Senator Weah’s 10-year-old daughter’s mother, madam Meapeh Gono Glay for Child Abandonment.
Under Georgia law, child abandonment is automatically treated as a felony if the non-custodial parent, which would be Mr. Weah in this case, is out of state. And, if found guilty, Mr. Weah could face up to 12 months in prison. He is expected to appear in court on Wednesday, May 11, 2016.
Some of those who spoke to our reporter following this report said they are confused and worrying about the political fate of the leader of one of Liberia’s main opposition political parties, and wonder that such news report could damage the political career of Senator Weah as Liberia prepare for the 2017 general and presidential elections.
“Why at this time, when Senator Weah support for the country’s presidential bid for 2017 is gaining ground; this seems to be that some politicians want to use this report to publicly damage the hard earned reputation of our political leader, Senator George Weah. It is unbelievable to hear such news of our leader,” Jonathan Brown, 46, a diehard supporter of the CDC in a chat with our staff pondered.
“It is painfully disheartening to here that a man who supposed to be the next President of Liberia is charged with Child Abandonment, what will be the fate of our children”? Annie Jacobs a resident who claimed to be a support of the CDC speaking to GNN wondered.
A bench warrant is usually issued by a judge presiding after a defendant fails to show up in court to answer for charges. It is the equivalent of a contempt order.
In this case the offense may have been egregious enough for the judge to deem it a felony, which appears to be the case against Mr. Weah. This occurs when the defendant has missed multiple court dates or has refused to comply with an order of the court.
The law also states that “if any father or mother willfully and voluntarily abandons his or her child, either legitimate or born out of wedlock, leaving it in a dependent condition, and leaves this state or
if any father or mother willfully and voluntarily abandons his or her child, either legitimate or born out of wedlock, leaving it in a dependent condition, after leaving this state, he or she shall be guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than three years. The felony shall be reducible to a misdemeanor.
Details to be followed in our subsequent report.