LIBERIA: Lower House To Invite Justice Minister Sannoh

(LINA) – The Plenary of the House of Representatives has unanimously agreed to summon Justice Minister Benedict Sannoh to appear before that body on Tuesday, January 19.

The House wants the Justice Minister to provide reasons why the dead bodies of two victims of the Ganta, Nimba County demonstration have not been released to their families for burial.

It can be recalled that on September 30, 2015 a violent demonstration erupted in the city of Ganta after the mutilated body of a motorcyclist was discovered, leading to the gruesome murder of an alleged perpetrator by an angry mob and the subsequent destruction of properties.

The House’s decision to summon Minister Sannoh was prompted by a communication to the Plenary at its First Day Sitting of the 5th Session of the 53rd Legislature by Nimba County District #1 Representative Jeremiah Koung.

Koung explained that the bodies of the deceased are currently deposited at a funeral home in Ganta City awaiting release by the government, although, according to him, inquiry into the situation surrounding the deaths of the individuals has been concluded and forwarded to court.

“In Ganta today, the most alarming and troubling issue is the delay by the Justice Minister to release these bodies to family members for burial,” Koung noted.

Following the reading of the communication, members of the House unanimously voted to invite Justice Minister Sannoh following a motion filed by Montserrado County District #11 Representative Gabriel Nyenkan.

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