22 January 2008

Liberia: Victim Of Extermination Witness Says Gray D. Allison Case Was A Fiasco

When Gray D. Allison, the Defense Minister in the administration of the late Pres. Samuel K. Doe was arrested in connection to the murder of Police Officer, Melvin Payne, the entire nation shook.

Many argued that it was a machination to get at him because he was viewed as being powerful. He didn't survive the scheme and was convicted in a trial which many destribed as a purported and teleguided trial in 1989.

One of the witnesses that testified against Mr. Allison has come up with what he claimed as the true story at the TRC Public hearing.

After almost 20 years since the infamous trial of Gray D. Allison, what appears to be the real story is now being revealed.

Joe Y. Lesollie, 50, former employee of the Liberian National Police and Special Security Service (SSS) during the administration of Pres. Doe told the TRC what he transpired at the time.

Joe, then a student of the University of Liberia UL, said his first encounter was in Kakata, Margibi County between he and a driver of the car he booked to bring him to Monrovia.

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