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Old August 26th, 2008 #9
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This website has received tangible information that one of Liberia's lawmakers is wanted on rape charges in the US.

The Child Abuse Unit of the Law Enforcement Division of Long Island in New York has published a bulletin containing full description and detailed personal information of Mr. Kettehkumuehn Earl Murray, a lawmaker representing District number 3 of Montserrado County under the Banner of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) party, alleging he sexually abused a minor in the state of North Carolina, USA in 1996.

The bulletin said " Murray was charged with indecent liberties with a child, and attempted rape, and a state arrest warrant was issued on April 15, 1997, in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. A federal arrest warrant was issued on April 7, 1999, by the United States District Court, Western District of North Carolina, after Murray was charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution".

The FBI is said to be offering reward for any information leading to the arrest of Kettehkumue Earl Murray.

Since the bulletin was issued in 1997, the FBI could not get any trace of Mr. Murray until just recently when it was posted all over the internet that the same Kettehkumuehn Murray was serving in the Liberian House of Representatives, and was heavily involved with a process to remove its Speaker. Mr. Murray currently serves alongside renegade lawmakers as chairman of the House Standing Committee on the Executive. But when the news of his alleged rape case surfaced within the media, he disappeared. His colleagues have not been able to account for him.

One report said Mr. Murray deliberately and cleverly went into hiding to avoid capture or any confrontation with the law, as rumor now has it that the FBI has learnt of his presence in Liberia and is in contact with the US embassy in Monrovia on the issue.

So far, no authority in Liberia or the US Embassy has commented on the latest developments neither does anyone know how long Kettehmuehn Earl Murray will be in hiding.

Meanwhile, the renegade lawmakers who were given up to midnight Thursday to file returns with the Supreme Court of Liberia, have now filed the returns. Court officers could not say what was contained in the returns but a freealance correspondent covering the Liberian legislature said the renegade lawmakers have been holding sessions without the Speaker. On Tuesday, a member of the group, Representative Elijah Seah of River Gee County gave an interview to the VOA in which he said, “The Supreme Court can order a subordinate court to return to status quo to stop all proceedings in a pending case. The Supreme Court cannot stop a branch of government from functioning. That in our minds is illegal, and I think the judge in chambers will be in error to want to stop the House of Representatives from functioning for the sake of one person,” he said.