The Liberian National Children’s Representative Forum (LNCRF) formerly Liberia National Children Parliament calls on the Government of Liberia to speedily arrest and investigate rape suspect and former student leader Varney Jarsey.
The accused allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl in 2013 at his residence in Mamba Point, Monrovia. The speaker of the LNCRF Jutomue Doetein recalls that Varney Jarsey was released from jail on Medical bail since April this year, and after that he has been found in social gathering and roaming around the country very healthy.
Speaker Doetein claims that suspect Jarsey is planning to also play an active role in the upcoming election for the Liberia National Student Union or LINSU.
He says the Forum strongly condemns the alleged act of rape terms it as a violation of human rights in Liberia, especially the children’s law of Liberia Article 3, Section 21.1 which says every child shall have the right to be protected from abuse and exploitation as well as Article 34 of the simplify version of the United Nations Convention on the Right of a Child, which mandates governments around the world to protect children from sexual abuse.
“We like to be clear that there were people in prison for similar action long before Varney entered the prison, but now he is moving around like an ordinary Liberian, while people he met in prison are still in prison, sick”, Doetein adds.
He says suspect Varney Jarsey is not better than any of his friends in prison, and that he (Varney) is not above the Constitution, which is against his alleged action.He wants the justice system to take serious action to ensure the betterment of trust justice under the current administration which every Liberian will appreciate rather than to have a system dispensing injustice.
According to Speaker Doetein, the decision to free Varney on a prolonged medical bail is a strategy to compromise his case.“We are calling on the Liberian government through the Ministry of Justice and the Supreme Court to have Varney re-arrested in 72 hours to send him to court to exonerate himself from the crime. –Editing by Jonathan Browne