By Evelyn Kpadeh Seagbeh
MONROVIA, Liberia (AA) - Police in Liberia announced Wednesday they are no longer seeking an opposition leader who went into hiding after alleging the existence of a government blacklist of opponents.
Simeon Freeman, leader of the opposition Movement for Progressive Change (MPC), spoke out in February after the mysterious death of leading government critic Harry Greaves.
Police asked for Freeman to surrender himself for questioning after he said critics of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf had been listed for “elimination” and alleged Greaves, the former head of the Liberia Petroleum Refinery Company, had enemies within government.
In a statement, the National Police said it had been instructed “to drop all perceived claims and charges… and declare that Mr. Freeman is no longer wanted for questioning on concerns growing out of his utterances that the government of the Republic of Liberia had a list of politicians to eliminate.”
MPC Chairman John Ballon told Anadolu Agency: “The only thing the government of Liberia needed to do was to come out with their charges and see if Simeon Freeman could not defend himself but they did not do that.”