Friday, October 1, 2010

George Boley Sr. seeks release as trial proceeds

GARY CRAIG • STAFF WRITER • Democrat And Chronicle

With the first phase of the immigration case against Clarkson resident George Boley Sr. now over, Boley's lawyer and family hope they can convince the courts to allow him to be released as his trial proceeds.

This week's testimony against Boley ended Thursday in an immigration court at the federal detention facility in Batavia. The trial is not expected to resume until February.

Federal immigration officials claim Boley was a war criminal during the 14-year Liberian civil war, which ended in 2003. Boley, who has lived with his family in Clarkson for decades, also traveled between the U.S. and his homeland of Liberia on illegitimate immigration documents, federal authorities allege. Boley has denied all the charges.

In the 1990s, Boley returned to Liberia and headed a faction known as the Liberia Peace Council. Authorities and some human rights activists claim the LPC slaughtered civilians, sometimes at the order of Boley.

Blamo Tuan, a Liberian man, testified via video from Liberia this week that he once saw Boley execute four men at point-blank range. Immigration Judge John Reid ultimately disallowed the video testimony after continual difficulties.

Federal officials can now bring witnesses from Liberia if they choose.

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman said Thursday that he could not comment on an active case.

Boley's attorney, Matthew Kolken, noted that Tuan admitted in his testimony to killing children — an admission that could preclude him from legal entry to the U.S.

Kolken said after court Thursday that he intends to file a federal lawsuit challenging Boley's continued detention. Judge Reid has suggested to federal authorities that they consider releasing Boley with electronic monitoring, but in this case the authorities and not the immigration judge decide whether Boley can be free as he awaits the trial to continue.

Federal judges could find the detention unconstitutional, however.

Boley's son claimed in an e-mail that federal officials are simply trying to break his father by keeping him jailed.

"The real reason the (government) is keeping my dad locked up is so he can't get all the evidence he needs to truly defend himself from ... lies and baseless accusations," wrote George Boley Jr.

Reid set a February date for the case to resume. Immigration attorneys this week began their case against Boley, and they will either continue in February or Boley's defense will then get a chance to present its evidence.

The case has been delayed because of the volume of immigration cases in Batavia — hearings that often last only hours — and the difficulty in blocking out consecutive days for a trial.

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Everyone is a genius

Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. – A Einstein

Drawing the line in Liberia

Crimes sponsored, committed, or masterminded by handful of individuals cannot be blamed upon an entire nationality. In this case, Liberians! The need for post-war justice is a step toward lasting peace, stability and prosperity for Liberia. Liberia needs a war crimes tribunal or some credible legal forum that is capable of dealing with atrocities perpetrated against defenseless men, women and children during the country's brutal war. Without justice, peace shall remain elusive and investment in Liberia will not produce the intended results. - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Men with unhealthy characters should not champion any noble cause

They pretend to advocate the cause of the people when their deeds in the dark mirror nothing else but EVIL!!
When evil and corrupt men try to champion a cause that is so noble … such cause, how noble it may be, becomes meaningless in the eyes of the people - Bernard Gbayee Goah.

If Liberia must move forward ...

If Liberia must move forward in order to claim its place as a civilized nation amongst world community of nations, come 2017 elections, Liberians must critically review the events of the past with honesty and objectivity. They must make a new commitment to seek lasting solutions. The track records of those who are presenting themselves as candidates for the position of "President of the Republic of Liberia" must be well examined. Liberians must be fair to themselves because results from the 2011 elections will determine the future of Liberia’s unborn generations to come - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Liberia's greatest problem!

While it is true that an individual may be held responsible for corruption and mismanagement of funds in government, the lack of proper system to work with may as well impede the process of ethical, managerial, and financial accountability - Bernard Gbayee Goah

What do I think should be done?

The situation in Liberia is Compound Complex and cannot be fixed unless the entire system of government is reinvented.
Liberia needs a workable but uncompromising system that will make the country an asylum free from abuse, and other forms of corruption.
Any attempt to institute the system mentioned above in the absence of rule of law is meaningless, and more detrimental to Liberia as a whole - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Liberia's Natural Resources
Besides land water and few other resources, most of Liberia’s dependable natural resources are not infinite, they are finite and therefore can be depleted.
Liberia’s gold, diamond, and other natural resources will not always be an available source of revenue generation for its people and its government. The need to invent a system in government that focuses on an alternative income generation method cannot be over emphasized at this point - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Liberia needs a proper system
If Liberians refuse to erect a proper system in place that promotes the minimization of corruption and mismanagement of public funds by government institutions, and individuals, there will come a time when the value of the entire country will be seen as a large valueless land suited on the west coast of Africa with some polluted bodies of waters and nothing else. To have no system in place in any country is to have no respect for rule of law. To have no respect for rule of law is to believe in lawlessness. And where there is lawlessness, there is always corruption - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Solving problems in the absence of war talks

As political instability continues to increase in Africa, it has become abundantly clear that military intervention as a primary remedy to peace is not a durable solution. Such intervention only increases insecurity and massive economic hardship. An existing example which could be a valuable lesson for Liberia is Great Britain, and the US war on terror for the purpose of global security. The use of arms whether in peace keeping, occupation, or invasion as a primary means of solving problem has yield only little results. Military intervention by any country as the only solution to problem solving will result into massive military spending, economic hardship, more fear, and animosity as well as increase insecurity. The alternative is learning how to solve problems in the absence of war talks. The objective of such alternative must be to provide real sustainable human security which cannot be achieved through military arm intervention, or aggression. In order to achieve results that will make the peaceful coexistence of all mankind possible, there must be a common ground for the stories of all sides to be heard. I believe there are always three sides to every story: Their side of the story, Our side of the story, and The truthBernard Gbayee Goah


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