Angry Unity Party (UP) partisans Monday prevented the arrest of their party’s National Chairman, Cllr. Varney Sherman indicted on bribery charges following a Global Witness report that he distributed over US$950,000 to key government officials to amend Liberia’s concessions law to favor the UK-based Sable Mining in its bid to take over the Wologisi Mountain in Lofa County.
The protesting UP partisans claim that the setting up of the task force to investigate the Global Witness report was politically motivated and they would therefore not allow their chairman to submit to it.
The Sherman supporters vowed to resist any attempt at his arrest by a group of police officers who thronged his residence in the early hours of Monday. The UP partisans said they would not allow a public disgrace of their leader.
“We are here to talk to our partisans to ensure that the right thing is done under our law. However, we are very surprised to see what’s happening here today to our Chairman,” Unity Party National Secretary General, Wilmot Paye told journalists on the scene.
“We believe that if someone is being accused of committing a crime, he or she should be given his or her time in court. This is what justice is all about,” Paye added.
Prior to the arrival of the UP protestors, there was reported tension between Cllr. Sherman’s personal security and the police that had arrived at his home early to arrest him.