Monday, February 15, 2016

INCHR boss urges advancement in crime solution

…wants Liberians trained in pathology and crime investigation
Justice Gladys Johnson, Chairperson of the Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR), has encouraged the need for medical students trained in pathology. She proffered that with the increasing waves of suspicious deaths in the country, officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) needed to receive advanced studies in Crimes Investigation. According to her, having Liberians receiving advanced training in these areas will curtail hired foreign professionals coming to the country in case of a suspicious death. Justice Gladys believed that suspicious deaths are scaring therefore it needs sufficient investigation to reveal the truth. She was speaking recently with a team of reporters at the new offices of the commission in Congo Town, outside Monrovia. She stated that having trained pathologists and crimes investigators will help country establish the causes of mysterious deaths and who and what caused those deaths. She on called on the Liberia National Police through the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to send some of their employees for specialized training in Pathology and Crimes Investigation. Justice Johnson indicated that it is not just enough to conduct an autopsy in a suspicious death and establish the cause of death, but said further crime investigation must be done in order to identify what or who caused the death. The INCHR boss noted that if Sierra Leone, Ghana and other countries can have pathologists and crimes investigators, it is prudent for Liberia to have trained ones as well. Justice Johnson asserted some of the doctors in the country can be sent out of the country for specialized studies in Pathology so that other countries can hire the services of Liberia’s Pathologists. She called on medical schools in the country to send some of their students for studies in the field of Pathology. She also suggested that the LNP send officers of its Crime Services Division (CSD) for advanced studies in Crimes Investigation. Justice Johnson has also called on Liberians in the diaspora to build interest in the study of crime detecting and the field of pathology and afterward come home to serve their country. The Supreme Court Justice added that it is an embarrassing thing for the country to keep hiring the services of foreign pathologists. She called on the media to engage in in-depth investigation of suspicious deaths and not just report on a while.

Bailiff smears JMO with ‘Jurors Tempering’

A biliff at the Criminal Court “C” has testified to receiving documents in form of letters allegedly exchanged between the Jury Management Office (JMO) and a kitchen at the Temple of Justice. Biliff Bendu Dukuly testified that she received L$500 from an official of the JMO who send her with a letter that she delivered to the police guards assigned to provide security to the fifteen jurors who were sequestrated to hear the US$800,000 economic sabotage case against former National Port Authority Managing Director Matilda Parker and Comptroller Christiana Kparbar Pealay. State lawyers in the case on Wednesday, February 10 filed five count application to disband the sequestrated jury something for what allege jury tempering. But defense lawyers on Friday, February 12 filed an 18 count response to the state lawyers’ application which they prayed the court to deny. The Presiding Judge of the court A. Blamo Dixon, after both state and defense lawyers made their cases over the application, announced that arguments from both parties were to be held on Monday, February 15. In addition to Biliff Dukuly, state lawyers have produced two Liberia National Police (LNP) officers to prove that there was an alleged jury tampering for which the jury should be disbanded. Bailiff Bendu Dukuly, that the documents she received were received by the Jury Management Office and one Jenneh Kamara whose identity as yet is uncertain. Witness Dukuly stated that after receiving the documents, she was called in a caucus by the Jury Management Office in his private office. She among other things testified that she also received another letter from the kitchen which she said was also reported to the police. Baliff Dukuly claimed that the Jury Management Office offered her L$500 which she took with dignity before reporting the letters to the police assigned with the jurors. For their part, the LNP officers assigned with the jurors testified that they arrested letters that talked about money for the jurors and later reported those letters to their boss. Further hearing of testimonies in the case continues today, Tuesday, February 16 at 11:00. However, spectators at the court have expressed anxiety to know from who the letters were written and what the content says.

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