Mauritanian Father May Return to Jail

first_imgMore than two months after Mohammed Sedee Falee, the Mauritanian who was temporarily released from a 10-year prison sentence for having brought back three of his biological children who he was found guilty of kidnapping in his native-land, could likely go back to jail.This time, he will go to jail for refusing to underwrite the medical expenses and feeding of the children.To make sure that he takes full responsibility of his children, the lawyers who fought a legal battle to have Judge Roosevelt Willie of Criminal Court ‘A’ to harshly punish Falee, have already written to the court.The legal counsel is also asking requisite government institutions, donor agencies and humanitarians to come to the aid of the kids, who are experiencing serious medical problems.In their letter, a copy of which is in the possession of the Daily Observer, the lawyers said since the children arrived in the country, and the subsequent court decision, Falee and his Mauritanian family have abandoned the children, thus leaving their upkeep with their mother, ex-wife Jamiah Sillah.Jamiah was the one who accused her ex-husband of being responsible for the disappearance of Mr. Falee and the children in Mauritania in 2009.It was through her effort that Sierra Leonean police officers arrested Falee and subsequently surrendered him to their Liberian counterparts for prosecution.It also took the intervention of Chief Justice Francis Korkpor, and the Consul General of Mauritania, accredited near Monrovia to convince Falee to return the kids, despite threat from the court to jail him.In that letter under the signature of Atty. Swahilo Sesay, the lead counsel accused Falee’s lead team for being behind his resistance not to cater to the needs of the kids.“He’s only concerned about footing the legal bill of his counsel for which he had recently paid U$15,000 just before the children could arrive in the country for his subsequent release from prison on the ground of medical reason,” Sesay claimed in the letter.According to the letter, prior to Falee’s release from jail, he vowed never to provide any support as long as the children lived in Liberia, especially under the custody of their mother.“The condition of the kids continues to deteriorate and if prompt attention is not taken regarding their medical status and funds I fear that it might cause other major problems, which they would blame on their mother.“This is why I am bringing this issue to the attention of the court for the proper course of action regarding child support,” the lawyer said.The letter went on, “We have spent over US$1,000 to do their laboratory tests at International Poly Clinic and they are expected to return to the clinic in two weeks.”According to laboratory report the oldest child (female) 17, suffers from ulcer.The second child, 14, (a boy) suffers from urinary tract infection also result of mending cows.The third child, also a boy, 11, suffers from kidney complication.“With these situations,” the letter concluded, “we request Your Honor to intervene and have Falee brought back to this court to give money for his children’s feeding; clothing and medication.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more