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Govt sets up committee to probe Paynesville violence

James Akoi/Joseph T. Koon

(elbcradio.com/Apr. 20, 2015)-The Liberian Government says it has constituted a committee to investigate the recent violence in Paynesville, a suburb of Monrovia.

Government has mandated the committee to conduct a comprehensive investigation into circumstances leading to the death of a motorcyclist, vandalism, as well as brutality meted out against police officers.

Members of the Committee include representatives from the Liberia National Bar Association, civil society institutions, Independent National Human rights Commission, Inter Religious Council, City Corporation of Paynesville and the Justice Ministry.

Justice Minister, Benedict Sannoh, said: “The measures are intended to bring the perpetrators to justice and to also protect the rights and freedom of all.”

“Government will also conduct an autopsy on the body of the late motorcyclist and that a pathologist from Ghana is expected in the country Wednesday, “the Justice Minister said.

The death of motorcyclist, Alfred Tarnue, Thursday, April 17, 2015, sparked off an upsurge of violence between police and rioters believed to be motorcyclists.

Prior to the Thursday’s incident, another motorcyclist was allegedly killed by a soldier of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).

The death of Alfred Tarnue brings to three number motorcyclists who have been killed allegedly by police- soldier brutality in recent weeks.

Despite all these, the outcome of the investigation will set the basis for a way forward for a peaceful and effective governance process of the country.

Meanwhile, Government is warning all motorcyclists to avoid riding in areas it declared no go zone while the investigation is ongoing.

 


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