Stipendiary Magistrate J. Kennedy Peabody of the Monrovia City Court has ordered the dispatch of a communication citing the Director of the National Police for civil contempt because he failed to appear before the court as was scheduled during the last sitting.
According to Judge Peabody, at the last sitting, it was agreed that all parties involved be present at the court on Monday July 17, at 9’clock am, but at the call of the case yesterday, the private prosecutor who had complained to the court failed to appear without any excuse. “This in itself the court sees as a disrespect. Hence, the Clerk of this court is ordered to send a civil contempt to the Director of the Liberia National Police and all senior officers who applied to this court a writ to appear on Wednesday, the 19 day of July, at 9’oclock am to show cause why they deliberately refused to appear for hearing this morning”, he said. Recently, the Liberia National Police arrested and charged Rep. Waylee with multiple crimes including tampering with a criminal investigation, criminal conspiracy and kidnapping. Rep. Waylee was in police custody on Friday July 14, but was released on bail on Saturday by the Monrovia City Court immediately after police turned him over to the court. Waylee's release followed a day of protest by his supporters, including members of the Youth of District #2 from Grand Gedeh County, whose spokesman told journalists that the case against the lawmaker is politically motivated. Several of them held placards that read: "Let Hon. Waylee Be Treated with Respect". "Hon. Waylee is not afraid of court". "All charges against Hon. Waylee are not facts till court says so". "Where is the complainant?" Reports alleged that in early 2016, Waylee's chief driver, identified as Saydee Barway, the victim's uncle, brought the victim from Grand Gedeh County to live with Rep. Waylee after he was elected as a representative. Although Rep. Waylee confirmed that Saydee Barway was one of his drivers, he, however, alleged that Barway has been sick and in sick bush for the past five years, adding that he does not have his contact number. Meanwhile, the police investigation claimed that between February and October 2016, the victim lived with the couple at Waylee's King Farm Community in Careysburg, Montserrado County. "Waylee and wife Welleh know Regina very well, but they denied ever seeing her after Regina's photo was displayed to them," police said during their probe. "Several residents of the King Farm Community, including community Chairman Momo Fahn, admitted that Regina lived with the accused," police investigation alleged. Police alleged that the administrator at Regina's previous school, Better Future Foundation Institute, and staff admitted on record that Regina was enrolled at the institution for the 2016/2017 school year in Liberia.