10 December 2013

Liberia: Autopsy for Fayah Gbollie

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A police patrol (file photo).

Police authorities in Monrovia say they have taken the corpse of the gruesomely murdered politician Sahr Fayah Gbollie to an undisclosed funeral home in Monrovia, pending an autopsy.

Mr. Gbollie, a former presidential candidate during the 1997 ECOWAS-sponsored special election won by the now war crime convict former President Charles Taylor, was reportedly found dead on Friday, 6 December at his residence on the back road of Congo Town outside Monrovia.

Eyewitnesses narrated that they only discovered the dead body of Gbollie, a recent critic of President, hours after his two kids, ages 7 and 11, had left for school. Police Spokesman Sam Collins could not say whether local or international doctors will perform said an autopsy during interview with reporters Monday, but assured that a professional autopsy will be performed. He was the standard bearer for the Free Democratic Party or FDP, among 13 presidential candidates who contested for the presidency.

An autopsy performed on the remains of the late Montserrado County Representative Moses S. Tandapolie sparked controversies here with the government yet to make public its outcome.

Earlier autopsy conducted by the authorities in Monrovia revealed that Tandapolie died of "heart failure."

However, police spokesman Collins told reporters that those, who perpetrated the murder of Mr. Gbollie will be brought to justice, announcing that there were already a search out for the assassins.

"The incident is unfortunate. No arrest has been made so far; all will be done to bring perpetrators to book. The motive for killing the victim is unknown- we call family members not to politicize the matter as we investigate the incident," he said in an interview.

While assuring that those who may have committed the act will not go with impunity, Collins said the Liberia National Police or LNP was not putting a timeline to the investigation, as there was no magic to be performed in the process.

After his dismal performance at the poll in 1997, Mr. Gbollie's FDP supported ex-Finance Minister David Farhat as a presidential candidate in 2005. Mr. Farhat won just 0.5% of the total votes cast in the presidential race in which Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf emerged as president after a run-off.

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