VP Condemns Police Flogging

Tuesday, 13th July 2010

Monrovia, Liberia - Liberian Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has condemned the violent assault on Police Officer Lexington Beh, while performing his regular police duties.  He said the Unity Party-led Government subscribes to respect for human rights and would not condone such acts on the part of any private citizen or official of government.

Hon. Boakai assured the officer (in his hospital bed), that justice will be served and that those responsible will meet the full weight of the law.

A Press Release from the Office of the Vice President said Hon. Boakai made the condemnation Tuesday, when he visited Police Officer Lexington Beh at the John F. Kennedy hospital, where he is undergoing treatment for injuries he sustained during his reported flogging on Sunday, July 10.

Briefing the Vice President from his hospital bed, Policeman Beh said he was simply performing his duties required of him by the law when he was brutalized.  He told the Vice President that his assailants rained verbal insults on him and his family before physically assaulting.

Police Officer Behís flogging has met widespread condemnation. The Unity Party on Monday, July 12 condemned ďin the strongest termsĒ the assault of Police officer Beh allegedly upon the orders of Mr. Tokpa Mulbah, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives.