17 July 2012

Liberia: Gov't Arrests Three Wanted Persons

The Liberian Government has announced the arrest of three persons of interest in the ongoing investigation concerning recent attacks along its borders with Ivory Coast. One of the attacks along the borders led to the deaths of several Ivorian citizens and seven United Nations peacekeepers from Niger.

According to the Ministry of Information, those arrested are: (1) Isaac Taryon; (2) Neezee Barway (sometimes called Joseph Dweh); and (3) Morris K. Cole (sometimes called Edward K. Cole).

Within the framework of the four-party agreement entered into with UNOCI, UNMIL, the Government of La Cote D'Ivoire and the Government of Liberia, the Liberian Government has alerted the United Nations Mission in Liberia and the other parties to cooperate and assist in the investigations of these individuals.

It can be recalled that the Government of Liberia on June 15, 2012 issued, a 'Red Alert' for 10 Persons of Interest. Two of those involved, Messrs Ofori Diah and Abednego Zweh, who voluntarily turned themselves over to Liberian security authorities, were investigated, and subsequently released.

Meanwhile, the government has thanked the general public for the continuous support and cooperation as the relevant security organizations carry out their duties, respectively to keep the country stable and peaceful.

The government has also assured all Liberians and the international community that it will continue to work within the framework of the four-party agreement, intended to improve the security situation along the borders with the Ivory Coast.

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