According to the Liberia National Police (LNP), Defendant Jethro S. K. Harris on September 27, 2021 posted on Facebook, claiming that there were mysterious deaths occurring within Liberia surrounding young people.
Additionally, he reportedly attached a photo of the late Rolisa N. Gbeintor, who he said was a Liberian and an alumnae of the Len Miller High School in Sinkor, Monrovia as one of the young Liberians murdered with body parts extracted.
The Police said as a result of his (Harris) post the public became afraid of the unfounded post, stating that residents started circulating that the country was not safe anymore using the defendant post as a reliance.
Due to that post, LNP, which is clothed with the responsibility of protecting life and property, began the investigation.
On Thursday, September 30, 2021, the police invited Defendant Jethro for questioning but did not appear as he was due in Ganta City, Nimba County with his party.
On Friday, October 1, 2021, LNP Assistant Commissioner Alphonso A. Paypay went to Nimba County and arrested Defendant Jethro for spreading false information to the Liberian public and the world at-large, hence, he was charged with the commission of the crime of "False Public Alarms".
The police added that when they conducted the investigation, Defendant Jethro post did not have any truth but intended to put the public against the national security sector and scare away investors.
Additionally, the police indicated that the post was to create economic hardship on the likelihood of investors, whereby closing their businesses and stalling the movements of peaceful people.
Quoting Article 15, A of the 1986 Constitution, which provides that every person shall have the right to freedom of expression but also reminds that all are fully responsible for the abuse, and as predicated upon this provision that the ANC partisan was charged with the commission of "False Public Alarms," which is in violation of chapter 17, section 17.4 of the Revised Penal Law.
At the same time, the ANC Political Leader, Alexander B. Cummings, Jr., has described the arrest as a political issue, asserting that his partisan was jailed without charge.
When sent to the Monrovia City Court on October 4, 2021, in processing the bond to have him released, he said the defendant was surprisingly taken to the Monrovia Central Prison.
"This is how we have politicized the judiciary, the rule of law and we wonder why we are not getting investors to come to our country. We have to separate politics from the judiciary; let the courts and the laws work. Give judges the freedom to interpret the laws. This is not how we want to run the judiciary and the country," added Mr. Cummings as he spoke with reporters.
Meanwhile, Defendant Jethro will be spending his first night at the Monrovia Central Prison commonly known as South Beach pending court trial.