The case of alleged rapist Mahamu Kanneh, a Liberian national, accused of sexually abusing a seven-year-old girl, and an 18 month old baby in the State of Maryland, was a devastating news for me and most of the Liberian community here in the United states.
Kanneh was arrested in August 2004 after witnesses told police he had raped and repeatedly sexually molested a 7-year-old relative left in his care. He was the focus of national media attention when a judge dismissed the charges against him in mid-July, of 2007 ruling his right to a speedy trial had been violated while officials hunted for an interpreter. Kanneh speaks Vai, the language of one of the sixteen tribes in Liberia.
Although Kanneh attended high school and community college in Maryland, his attorney argued that he needed an interpreter to fully understand the court proceedings.
Kanneh, while trying to run from police, was later arrested in Philadelphia on charges he allegedly failed to appear in court on Aug. 3 of 2007 at a hearing involving a prosecution effort in Maryland to reinstate the rape charges.
Executive Office for Immigration Review, said Kanneh is in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. She said that since Kanneh is not fighting deportation, it’s entirely up to immigration officials when to send him home.
This case has brought an unnecessary spotlight on Liberian communities all across the U.S, and its downright shameful, if he is guilty let him be deported.What the Hell was he thinking? Liberians are generally known to be hard working law abiding citizens, and it pains me when a few bad apple spoil the reputation of our community.
Let this be a reminder and a lesson that we are guest here, and if we abuse that privilege we will suffer the consequence after all who wants a bad guest in their house.