Monrovia, September 1 (LINA) – President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has assured 14 Liberian ladies who recently returned home from Lebanon that government would ensure that justice prevails and those held accountable for their ordeal face the full weight of the law.
According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader gave the assurance on Monday, August 31, in Monrovia when the 14 young ladies paid a courtesy call on her to show appreciation for government’s efforts that paved the way for their return home.
She informed the young ladies that they did not deserve the kind of treatment meted out to them, especially in light of the circumstances under which they were lured out of the country in search of uncertain greener pasture.
President Sirleaf assured that the government through the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection would work with them in identifying areas of interest aimed at self-empowerment.
The Liberian chief executive called on the young ladies to exercise patience in view of the usually long drawn out judicial process.
She added that in respect of the independence of that branch of Government, it would be wise to follow the process in order for justice to be done.
Speaking on behalf of their colleagues, three of the young ladies thanked President Sirleaf for her personal interest in ensuring their return and hoped that government would accelerate the return of their colleagues still trapped in Lebanon.
Contrary to media speculations, all 14 young ladies appear healthy, and are at a safe location under ‘witness protection’.