SOUTH KOREA – Mr. Moses Owen Browne, Liberia’s Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization (IMO)
Mr. Moses Owen Browne, Liberia’s Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) based in London, and one Daniel Tarh, a second official of Liberia’s IMO mission have been arrested by South Korea Police.
South Korean police said on Friday they had detained two Liberian government officials over the alleged rape of two teenagers in South Korea.
Liberia Maritime Authority, Mr. Moses Owen Browne (Liberia’s Permanent Representative to the IMO) Standing first from Right, and Mr. Daniel Tarr (Director of the Department of Marine Environmental Protection), second from Left. They 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.
The South Korea Police did not name names, but officials at the Liberia Maritime Authority in Monrovia told Smart News that the two men are Moses Owen Brown and Daniel Tarh.
The two men 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.
A Seoul Foreign Ministry official said the ministry was reviewing whether the two Liberians were entitled to diplomatic immunity.
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.