Witnesses Accuse Police Of Torture

By M. Welemongai Ciapha, II

The first and second defense witnesses in the ongoing murder trial of a burnt police officer told the court that the arresting officers allegedly tortured them at the headquarters of the Liberia National Police (LNP) to confess to committing the crime.

Amos Tutu, an officer of the Police Support Unit (PSU) was set ablaze on the Capitol Bye-Pass for allegedly shooting Preston Davis to death on February 27, 2010.

Witness Aaron Lackey, who took the witness stand to testify, categorically denied the government’s claim that he participated in the burning of Officer Tutu.

The defense witness told the court that he was arrested in Gbarnga, Bong County by plain clothes security officers, who identified him as being the head of the boys that were selling gasoline under a tree at the Bye-pass in Monrovia.

Witness Lackey further informed the court that investigators allegedly used electronic batons on his body and sprayed pepper liquid on him because he was hiding something in his stomach.

He said upon their arrival in Monrovia at the police station, he was allegedly dragged from downstairs to the CID Department of the LNP.

The second witness, Nicholas Wleh, a father of five children said on the morning hours of February 27, he had a project that was already completed in front of the police station.

Witness Wleh said the allegation levied against them by government is false, misleading and has no iota of truth.

The trial continues today at Criminal Court “A” at the Temple of Justice.