Police Charged Lawrence Williams With Murder After He Drove Vehicle Through UP Celebrants Leaving Several Dead, Others Wounded

The driver whose vehicle ploughed into a crowd celebrating the election victory of Liberia’s president-elect Joseph Boakai in Monrovia early this month has been charged with murder after a writ of arrest was issued today in Monrovia by the Monrovia City Court.

Lawrence K. Williams ran into Unity Party celebrating partisans in central Monrovia at the headquarters of the UPP leaving several dead and others seriously wounded it was not cleared following.

It was not immediately clear if the incident, which took place outside Boakai’s party headquarters, was deliberate or an accident.

A video of the aftermath shared on Facebook showed badly injured people sprawled over the road and pavement outside the Unity Party office.

Boakai, 78, a former vice president, narrowly defeated President George Weah in the Nov. 14 presidential run-off, securing 50.64% of the votes cast, according to the election commission’s final results.

Weah, a global soccer legend, conceded defeat to Boakai on Friday, ending a presidency where many have grown disillusioned with the lack of improvement in fields such as food security, employment, and electricity supply.

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