LIBERIA: Gov’t Constitutes Independent C’tte To Probe April 16 Riots

Justice Minister Benedict F. Sannoh has constituted an Independent Investigative Committee to conduct a comprehensive investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of  the motorbike rider, Mr. Alfred Tarnue, Jr.
 
According to a statement issued on Monday, April 20, the investigation will also include the destruction of Police Depots and the physical attacks on Police Officers, with the view to identify those who bear responsibility to bring them to justice.  
 
The Committee is composed of representatives the Liberia National Bar Association, Civil Society, Independent National Human Rights Commission, Inter Religious Council, City Corporation of Paynesville and Ministry of Justice.
 
“I am also pleased to inform the general public, including in particular the family of the late Alfred Tarnue, Jr., that I have today concluded arrangements for a Pathologist from Accra, Ghana to conduct an autopsy and forensic examination of the body of Mr. Tarnue with the view to ascertaining the cause of his death,” Sannoh said.
 
In the statement, Sannoh disclosed that the Pathologist will arrive in Monrovia on Wednesday, April 22, and it is expected that the examination will be conducted as soon as possible thereafter.
 
He said members of the Investigation Committee and the family of the deceased are invited to attend.
 
Meanwhile, the Justice Minister has reiterated that the “no-go-zones” imposed on the riding of motorbikes, including ELWA Junction to Paynesville Red Light, and From Paynesville Red Light to Double Bridge, Gardnerville, and from Paynesville Red Light to Mount Barclay, remains in full swing
 
On Thursday, April 16, Mr. Tarnue, a bike rider, lost his life on Duport Road, Zubah Town, Paynesville, leading to an impasse between the police and bike riders which resulted into the injuries of individuals, destruction of properties and the damaging of police facilities.

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