The Disciplinary Board of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) has found a Platoon Commander and four enlisted men guilty of the August 20, 2014 shooting incident in the Township of West Point.
According to a report, Platoon Commander Lieutenant Aloysius Quaye was held responsible for ‘poorly assessing the situation and acting contrary to the behavior expected of a military leader’ in the reformed AFL.
The statement said Quaye should have ‘shown efficient command and handle simple crowd control as an experienced and well-trained military officer.’
According to a government statement read by Information Minister Lewis G. Brown on national radio Sunday, Quaye also failed to follow proper discretion in selecting personnel to fire warning shots.
The shooting led to the injury and subsequent death of 14-year-old Shaki Kamara.
Consequently, Lieutenant Quaye was found guilty of violating Article 133 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), regarding unbecoming conduct of an officer or gentleman and guilty of Article 92-C of the UCMJ regarding dereliction in the performance of duty.
Accordingly, Quaye’s rank has been reduced to the lowest rank permissible under the category of the accused, two years loss of seniority with consequential effects, and 30 days correctional custody, 30 days detention and forfeiture of two or three months salary and a letter of severe reprimand.
Additionally, four enlisted personnel of the AFL were found guilty of various offences of the UCMJ.
They include Corporal Mulbah Timothy, violation of Article 128 of the UCMJ regarding assault and arbitrary use of force; Corporal Flomo Anthony, violation of Article 128 of the UCMJ regarding assault and arbitrary use of force as well as Article 134 regarding threat in communicating.
Others are Corporal Toure Patrick violation of Article 107 of the UCMJ regarding making false statements and Private First Class Salebia Moses, violation of Article 107 of the UMCJ regarding making false statement.