Liberia’s Permanent Representative to the International Organization-IMO, Mr. Moses Owen Browne, and another official have been arrested by South Korean security for allegedly raping underage girls.
Following their areest, the Liberia Maritime Authority issued a statement condemning the act and promised to cooperate with South Korean Authorities.
The Liberia Maritime Authority (LiMA), says it has received with grave concern reports of the arrest on allegations of sexual assault and rape by two staffers of LiMA in the Port City of Busan, South Korea.
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 rape incident occurred, according to LiMA in a statement.
Browne and Tarh were arrested on the spot at a hotel in the southeastern city ofunder thursday after a friend of the alleged rape victims reported the case to the police, Busan police said.
LiMA unequivocally maintains a zero tolerance stance on any and all 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.
“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, pursuant to national and international laws” the statement noted.
Meanwhile, A Seoul Foreign Ministry official said the ministry was reviewing whether the two Liberians were entitled to diplomatic immunity.
However, alleged Rape Victims in response told the Front Page that they were framed.
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Details of this development are emerging as the investigation continues.