In Torture Case -Sime Darby Charged with Contempt

In Torture Case Sime Darby Charged with Contempt

By Agnes M. Tarr

The plenary of the House of Representatives charged the management of the Sime Darby Plantation in Liberia with contempt during its Thursday’s regular session. The decision of the House plenary was in response to the refusal of the general manager to answer questions relating to facebook video that shows a man being tortured after being accused of stealing an oil palm fruit bunch from the company.

According to the manager, the Management’s refusal to answer questions surrounding the saga was based on the police recent involvement and ongoing investigation in the case.

Recently a video surfaced on the social media showing a man who identified himself as John David, severely being tortured. David told his torturers in the video that he was born in 1987 and had earlier lived in the Bomi town of Gbar, but the company says the incident in the video happened at its Nimba operations point, in January.

Although posters of the video are alleging that the company carried out the act, it was not clear if the men in the video formed part of the plantation’s private security guards. In its official statement, the plantation clarified that except Boakai Feika, the rest of the individuals involved in this incident were not employees of the company.

The management’s statement follows concerns raised in the public including some  members of the National Legislature over the alleged manhandling of private citizens residing in the company’s concession areas.

Members of the House of Representatives voted to cite the management of Sime Darby to appear before its plenary on Thursday to address the allegations. The speaker of the House, Rep. Bhofal Chambers, told the legislature on Tuesday that the video widely shared on social media showing the maltreatment of a citizen specifically claimed the attention of the leadership of the House.

Meanwhile the management of Sime Darby is expected to appear before the House on tomorrow to answer to the charged of contempt file against them by the house.

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