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Video shows Liberian diplomats resisting arrest

-As LiMA vows full cooperation

Video images emerging from a South Korean network show how Liberia’s Permanent Representative to the IMO Mr. Moses Owen Browne and Mr. Daniel Tarr (Director of the Department of Marine Environmental Protection), resisted arrest for alleged rape while being locked up in their hotel room.

The two were reportedly arrested on allegation of rape by South Korean authorities on Thursday 23 September 2022.

The pair were in South Korea attending the International Maritime Organization (IMO) GHG SMART Practical Training and Study Visit (September 19-23, 2022) when this alleged incident occurred.

However, the Liberian Maritime Authority on Friday vowed full cooperation with Korean authorities during the investigation.

South Korean police said on Friday announced that they had detained two Liberian government officials over the alleged rape of two teenagers in South Korea.

Both Brown and Tarr were arrested on the spot at a hotel in the southeastern city of Busan on Thursday after a friend of the alleged victims reported the case to the police, Busan police said.

A Seoul Foreign Ministry official was quoted by the Reuters news agency to have said the ministry was reviewing whether the two Liberians were entitled to diplomatic immunity.

Police said they planned to seek formal arrest warrants for the two men, which would allow them to hold the suspects in custody for up to 10 days.

Meanwhile, LiMA confirmed on Friday that it has received with grave concern reports of the arrest on allegations of sexual assault and rape by two of its staffers in the Port City of Busan, South Korea.

LiMA noted that it unequivocally maintains a zero-tolerance stance on any and all types of sexual and gender-based offenses and views these allegations of the conduct of its Officials as most egregious, having no place in any civilized society.

“Liberia Maritime Authority will fully cooperate with the Government of the Republic of South Korea in the investigation of this incident and vows to take appropriate actions, pursuant to national and international laws,” the LiMA release said.


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