Five AFL Soldiers Booked For West Point Incident
The Government of Liberia has announced that the findings from the Disciplinary Board of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) has concluded that a Platoon Commander and four enlisted men were guilty of indiscretion and exhibited indiscipline on August 20, 2014 in the Township of West Point.
Accordingly, the GOL named those guilty as Platoon Commander Lieutenant Aloysius Quaye, Corporal Mulbah Timothy, Corporal Flomo Anthony, Corporal Toure Patrick and Private First Class Salebia Moses.
In a statement issued last night on the West Point Shooting incident, Liberia’s Information Minister Lewis G. Brown said sanctions were imposed on these men for their involvement.
Mr. Brown said as Lieutenant Aloysius Quaye, the Platoon Commander, he was held responsible for poorly assessing the situation and acting contrary to the behavior expected of a military leader in the reformed AFL.
“As a leader in a situation of crisis, he was expected to show efficient command after serving in the AFL for over five years with training locally and in foreign parts. He should have been able to handle simple crowd control and dispersal,” the GOL statement said.
The government said as a military leader, he did not follow proper military procedures in selecting personnel to fire warning shots, although no evidence was adduced that any of the personnel of the AFL fired the fatal shot that killed Shaki Kamara; the Disciplinary Board thought it absolutely necessary to institute punishment for behavior unbecoming of a serving personnel of the AFL.
Consequently Lieutenant Quaye is guilty of violating Article 133 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) regarding the unbecoming conduct of an officer or gentleman and guilty of Article 92-C of the UCMJ regarding dereliction in the performance of duty.
Accordingly the GOL noted that the punishment prescribed under the UCMJ include a reduction in rank to the lowest rank permissible under the category of the accused; two years loss of seniority with consequential effects; thirty days correctional custody; thirty days detention; forfeiture of 2 or 3 salary for the months; and a letter of Severe Reprimand.
Additionally, the GOL said the following enlisted personnel of the AFL were found guilty of various offences of the UCMJ.
They include Corporal Mulbah Timothy who violated Article 128 of the UCMJ regarding assault and arbitrary use of force; Corporal Flomo Anthony for violation of Article 128 of the UCMJ regarding assault and arbitrary use of force as well as Article 134 regarding threat in communicating; Corporal Toure Patrick for violation of Article 107 of the UCMJ regarding making false statements and Private First Class Salebia Moses for violation of Article 107 of the UMCJ regarding making false statement.
The government said the prescribed punishment for the four enlisted men include a reduction in rank to the next lower rank; 30 days correctional custody; 30 days detention; and letters of Severe Reprimand.
Minister Brown said the Commander-In-Chief has directed that all punishments be carried out in compliance with the relevant provisions and practices of the UCMJ.