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Liberia IMO Officials Detained for Alleged Rape in South Korea

Police in South Korea has detained two employees of the Liberian government mission to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for the alleged rape.

They are Moses Owen Browne, Liberia’s Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and Daniel Tarr, Director of the Department of Marine Environmental Protection at the Liberia Maritime Authority (LiMA)

South Korean police had detained the men over the alleged rape of two teenagers in South Korea, Reuters News Agency said.

Browne and Tarh were arrested on the spot at a hotel in the southeastern city of Busan on Thursday after a friend of the alleged victims reported the case to the police, Busan police said.

The men were in South Korea attending the International Maritime Organization (IMO) GHG SMART Practical Training and Study Visit (September 19-23, 2022) when this alleged incident occurred, according to LiMA in a statement.

“LiMA unequivocally maintains a zero-tolerance stance on any types of sexual and gender-based offenses, and views these allegations of the conduct of its Officials as most egregious, having no place in any civilized society,” the statement said.

“Liberia Maritime Authority will fully cooperate with the Government of the Republic of South Korea in the investigation of this incident and vows to take appropriate actions, under national and international Law. ”

Meanwhile, A Seoul Foreign Ministry official said the ministry was reviewing whether the two Liberians were entitled to diplomatic immunity.

And police said they planned to seek formal arrest warrants for the two men, which would allow them to hold the suspects in custody for up to 10 days, Reuters reports.
Source: Liberian Daily Observer

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