Police Release Five Victims of Homophobia from ‘Protective Custody’

first_imgThe spokesperson of the Liberia National Police, H. Moses Carter, said at least five persons, who were taken into ‘protective custody’ during a violent attack which rocked the quiet suburbs of Sinkor two weeks ago, has been released.The five individuals were part of a larger group of people who were said to be attending a birthday party in Sinkor at a Drop-In-Center (DIC) owned and operated by Population Services International (PSI) when they came under a massive attack from residents of the community over suspicion they were “Gays” (homosexuals).“A total of five persons were brought to our headquarters. Some of them sustained injuries as a result of the stone-throwing,” Carter said.The party, according to sources, was the 33rd birth anniversary of a staff member of PSI, and the entity seized the occasion to boost attendance at the DIC, following a previous incident last year that dampened the interest of a key section of the population who frequent the location for regular HIV/AIDS checkups.Carter said the five individuals will not be forwarded to court as they are victims who the police had ‘saved’ from mob violence and prosecution is out of the question as they were not “caught in the act of homosexuality.”Articles 14.74, 14.79 and 50.7 [of the Penal Code of 1976] consider “voluntary sodomy” as a first-degree misdemeanor with a penalty of up to one-year imprisonment.However, Liberia’s gay community says harassment and discrimination are widespread against their associates, but Carter furthered that the police could not arrest any of the assailants.“It was during the night hours; we only managed to restore calm in the midst of the stone-throwing,” he said.PSI Liberia continues to remain silent on probes by journalRAGE over the level of security measures employed, which would have staved off the attack from community members.But in a statement published in local news outlets including the Daily Observer, PSI Liberia Country Director, Rajiv Dua, said rumors circulating on social media that the entity was hosting a “Gay party” are “rumors of evil.”According to the statement, Dua said that the party, hosted by ‘Saranna,’ was the birthday of one of their clients at the center, during which time PSI peer educators would take advantage to conduct HIV/AIDS testing and counseling to those vulnerable groups, most of whom showed up during the night hours.“They invaded our premises because of wrong rumors,” Dua is quoted in the statement.“We provide HIV & AIDS testing and counseling at that premises, and the party was set up to ensure that a greater part of the population of this vulnerable group showed up to be tested and counseled, but unfortunately, people with no idea of what was happening invaded and manhandled them,” he said.However, observers say the imbroglio at the center could have been prevented if the organization had employed stringent security measures. But Carter added, “The police only got involved when the altercation broke out.”Source: journalRAGEShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

KPL have killed us, laments Gor boss Kerr

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI,Kenya, Feb 28 – Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr has asked the Kenyan Premier League to lessen their burden in the domestic campaign by spacing out their league fixtures to help them give their best in continent football.The record 16-time KPL champions will be playing Tunisian giants Esperance in the CAF Champions League first round tie at home on March 7, but before then they will have played three matches within a week. They played Kariobangi Sharks last Sunday, just two days after arriving from Equatorial Guinea, then play Tusker FC on Wednesday and Bandari on Sunday.Gor Mahia and Kariobangi Sharks players battle for space against Gor defence. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA“KPL have killed us. We are the only team left in CAF and the expectation on me and the team is phenomenal. Playing three matches within seven days is crazy. If I get injuries because of these fixtures, I will lose top players,” Kerr said.“Then, I have to bring in bench players. I mean it’s the situation we have to deal with but KPL have to think about it. We want to do well for Kenyan football,” the British tactician told Capital Sport.He was forced to field most of his ‘second choice’ players against Sharks last weekend and his side was lucky enough to scrape off with a 2-1 win. He is however expected to field a strong squad for both Tusker and Bandari.“I have to try out different players now so that we can take care of this situation. We need to make sure that every player is ready in the event that one of the strong starters suffers injury,” the coach further explained.Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHis focus will be on Esperance, a side that beat them 8-2 on aggregate during their last meeting in 2014, and he remains confident they can match up the Tunisians and edge them out to make a group stage appearance.“This is a match worth Sh56mn and to be honest that’s our big focus now. The players have to look at the big picture. With this kind of match you get enormous exposure on TV, on social media and as a player that opens up avenues. I really hope the players look at it this way,” the coach said.He added; “I have watched their clips and they are a big, strong team. We’ve got to match them and I believe we have the ability, energy and speed. We need to work on what we can do to counter them.”“I’ve got to be confident, believe and trust in my players.”Gor Mahia players walking out of the pitch during half time during their Kenyan Premier League match against Kariobangi Sharks on February 25, 2018. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAKerr whose side sits on nine points in the standings with nine points have an opportunity to move top of the log on Wednesday when they host Tusker in Machakos.K’Ogalo picked four points off the brewers last season, drawing the first leg 0-0 before winning the return fixture 2-0.Despite Tusker having started the season slow, Kerr expects a tough encounter especially when he comes up against former striker Timothy Otieno released from the team at the end of last season.“Timothy will definitely be running down trying to prove a point, that I was wrong to release him. It will be tough for us because Tusker is a very good team,” the tactician offered.Tusker FC head coach Sam Timbe gestures during his side’s Kenyan Premier League clash against Posta Rangers at the Ruaraka Complex on February 11, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaSam Timbe’s men haven’t started the season as strongly as they had hoped to, currently sitting 13th with four points from one win (2-1 against Nzoia Sugar) and a draw (0-0 against Posta). They started the season on a slow with a 2-0 loss away to Chemelil.A loss to Gor will further pile pressure on Timbe, but the Ugandan tactician must be fancying his chances especially after watching how Sharks shut down the reigning champions on Sunday.Matches between these two sides have always been tough, but Gor have still somehow found a way out. Over the last 19 meetings, Gor has won eight times and lost four, while the remaining ended in draws.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more