EFFL Emmanuel Gonquoi, Three Others Released From Prison, Say They Absolutely Have No Regret For Their Action

Mr. Gonquoi speaking to reporters following his release from prison (Photo credit: Spoon TV)

After spending a night at the Monrovia Central Prison for terroristic threats, simple assault, felonious restraint, and disorderly conduct, the Commander-In-Chief of the Economic Freedom Fighters of Liberia (EFFL), Emmanuel Gonquoi and three others on Monday, August 10, 2021 released from prison on bill by their lawyer, Cllr. Arthur Johnson.

Speaking to reporters following his release from prison, Gonquoi said his organization has no regret for doing what they did on Capitol Hill when they locked the entrance of the building during their last week protest, stressing, “The government said that we lock the Capitol Building, we absolutely have no regret, If you give us the opportunity today we will lock the Executive Mansion, the Liberian people do not deserve the current governance of our state, they do not deserve the leadership they are experiencing now, so if you give us the opportunity now we will lock the Executive Mansion,” Mr. Gonquoi in a serious tune told reporters.

Early yesterday morning, August 9, 2021, the Judge Jomah Jallah, Stipendiary Magistrate of the Monrovia City Court sent to jail four leaders of for their participation in a protest which led to beat and inflicted wounds and injured security guards of the legislative security service assigned at the capitol in Monrovia.

The government of Liberia through the Ministry of Justice alleges that during the EFFL protest, they rained insults publicly and intentionally broke the lock before installing their own chains with locks with the intent to terrorize the public, staff, and employees which led the government to file in a complaint against the group to the Stipendiary Magistrate of the Monrovia City Court.

The court then ordered the arrest of the Commander-in-chief of the Economic Freedom Fighters of Liberia, Emmanuel Gonqueh, and others who participated in the protest on the grounds of the capitol building.

According to the court documents, the action of the EFFL leader and others is unlawful, wicked, illegal, violent, and intentional. The writ also said, the EFFL member’s action violates sections 11.16 of the amended act, section 14.21 and 17.3 of the new penal law of Liberia there and then the crime herein did and commit.

The court writ narrates: “You are hereby commanded to arrest the living bodies of Emmanuel Gonquoi and others to be identified, and forthwith bring them before the Monrovia City Court, Temple of Justice to answer to the charge of terroristic threats, simple assault, felonious restraint, and disorderly conduct”.

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