Independent C’ttee Set Up To Probe Death, Violence

The Ministry of Justice has announced the setting up of an independent body to probe the death of the motorcyclist Alfred Tarnue and the violence that followed in the Redlight Market.

On Thursday, April 16, 2015 in the commercial district of Redlight near Monrovia, the police and motorcyclists clashed after many motorcyclists in that part of the country learned that a fellow commercial motorcyclist was killed by a police officer.

As a result, motorcyclists in the area along with criminals set a police station ablaze, created road blocks, looted shops and stole goods from marketers.

In an address yesterday, Justice Minister Benedict Sannoh said the independent committee, comprised the Bar Association, Civil Society, the Interfaith Council of Liberia and others.

The Minister also disclosed that an autopsy is expected to be performed on the remains of the motorcyclist and that a specialist is expected to arrive in the country tomorrow to perform the autopsy.

The autopsy is the result of request by the family of the deceased in the wake of conflicting reports about the cause of death of the motorcyclist. The family made the request when they visited the Ministry last weekend.

Meanwhile, the Minister has reiterated that the measures taken against motorcyclists in the wake of the violent action remains in place.

In the wake of the incident, the Ministry banned all motorcyclists from plying the routes between the ELWA to the Double Bridge through the Redlight and from the ELWA Junction to Mount Barclay through the Redlight and ELWA Highway. This restriction also covers all roads within the GSA and Rehab Communities.