28 November 2012

Liberia: Mob Suspects Face Multiple Charges

Nineteen suspects linked to the burning of an UNMIL ambulance in Margibi County are facing multiple police charges, including arson, criminal mischief and theft of property, respectively.

Police named those suspects as Obediah Garway, Frank Walker, Kogba Bropleh, Anthony Harris, P. Mark Roberts, Richard Smith, Sam Smith, Morris Boyu, Junior Jacob, and Francis William. Others are Tonny Walker, Alphonso Morris, Jason Dahnkon, Beyan Richards, Freeman Dorgbor, Jerry Sumo, Eric Babor, Enoch Green and Edward Willie.

A release issued in Monrovia Tuesday by police authorities said the suspects burnt the UNMIL Ambulance marked 9011 after it (ambulance) was involved in an accident with a motorcycle on the Schefflin- Roberts Field Highway.

The release further said the suspects looted the UNMIL vehicle before setting it ablaze, and allegedly damaged a police vehicle LNP Mobile 47 that went on the scene of the incident. The defendants are charged to the Circuit Court in Margibi County, police have said.

At least one black Exide dry cell battery allegedly looted from the UNMIL Ambulance was retrieved from a taxi marked TX-577, belonging to one Solomon to be identified.

The suspects are said to be residents of Schefflin Town, in Margibi County. Police say two other suspects are still at large. Meanwhile, the LNP has warned members of the public against mob violence, as violators will be arrested and prosecuted in line with the laws of Liberia.

The release quotes Police Director Chris Massaquoi as saying the LNP will remain robust in protecting the lives and properties of those residing within the confine of Liberia, and will not encourage any form of violence that will undermine the security of the state.

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