…..Amidst controversies in armed robbery attack

By: G Bennie Bravo Johnson I

The former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Cllr. Gloria Musu Scott is craving the involvement of international partners to assist with an independent investigation into the ongoing criminal investigation to ensure that due process of law is attained in this murder and assault of her daughters.

In a communication delivered through the official Facebook page of Cllr. Scott, the “Law, and Democracy”

The former chief justice, on behalf of the family, laments that this murder case is not the only one that has been downplayed by the government.

Recalling that there have been a series of murders in our country where the proper investigations have yet to either be commenced or completed.

Something that is believed to be the reason why Cllr. Scott enlisted the help of the international community in these matters.

Cllr. Scott noted in her writeup that the call for an independent investigation by the international partners is driven by the backdrop that the family has observed from a series of statements by some government officials and state actors being made in the public in attempts to either compromise the atrocious crime committed against the family or turn the public against them.

Ignoring the fact that they are undergoing pain and suffering as a result of the crime committed against the family by unknown persons, ranging from murder, aggravated assault, and terroristic threats,

“It can be recalled that after the commission of the crime, there have been negative utterances from and by top government officials and national actors geared towards compromising the murder and assault on the family.”

She continued by highlighting some of those top government officials’ and national actors’ statements, which are in the public domain, that she believes are intended to compromise the ongoing investigation.

She recalled that on February 27, 2023, Police Inspector General Patrick Sudue, when he appeared before the Honorable Liberian Senate, informed the august body that the bereaved family, who are also victims of the attack that reported the case to the police, have refused to cooperate with the police.

On Thursday, March 2, 2023, the Chairman of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), Mulbah K. Morlu, had a press conference at the CDC Headquarters in Sinkor immediately after the Liberian Women Sit-in Action in protest at the Seat of the Legislature on Capitol Hill against the murder and assault against the Musu family and said that Charloe Musu was not the biological daughter of Cllr. Musu-Scott and was therefore going to Maryland to find the biological parents of the late Charloe Musu.

The former chief justice quoted the CDC chairman as saying that Charloe was killed for ritualistic purposes and further called for an autopsy to be conducted on the remains of Charloe Musu.

She continued by quoting state actors who are involved with the investigation, recalling that on Friday morning, March 3, 2023, the Deputy Inspector General of Police for Crime Services, Col. Prince B. Mulbah, appeared on the ELBC MICAT Half Hour and said, “Any information I am giving here must be taken very seriously because I sit as the head of Criminal Investigation at the Police… It will be a shock to people… We are not surprised; it is a case that will be busted… “It is a science; we are doing the calculations”.

Meanwhile, Cllr. Scott has provided that she and her family have taken careful consideration of the comments coming from these state actors and will be guided by their lawyer in their subsequent engagement.

“It is important to note that the family, after considering the public comments and actions of top government officials and state actors, including the Chairman of the ruling coalition, and knowing that they were in bad faith and not in the spirit and intent of taking into consideration the pain and hardship being undergone by the Musu family by the unknown murderer, decided that she be guided by lawyers in all subsequent interactions with the Police in this matter.”

She further recounted and restated that following the murder of Charloe Musu, who is a prospective graduate of the Starz University College, the police at the Iron Gate Check Point were informed of the incident, following which they (the police) arrived on the scene later and took charge of the premises of Cllr. Scott in Lower Virginia and have since been in charge up to and including the date of this release.

Meanwhile, she provided that during the subsequent interactions with the police, the family was issued the following documents for the release of the dead body: from the Crime Against Person Unit/CSD/LNP/MOJ to the Administration, Redemption Hospital, New Kru Town, dated February 23, 2022, signed by Supt. Jerry M. Wymah, Acting Chief of CAPU/CSD/LNP/MOJ.

Medical Certificate of Cause of Death, from the Redemption Hospital, dated February 22, 2023, signed by Dr. Guilavogui Mamady with Medical Board License #: T/905.

Mortals and Release Orders to Hospitals, Funeral Homes, and Administrator Management, dated February 27, 2023, signed by Deputy Coroner, Mont. Co. R.L. (unnamed), and approved by Mr. Abraham B. Ricks, County Coroner, Mont. Co. R.L. releases the body to the family for burial or funeral arrangements.

However, she recalled that upon receipt of those documents, the government, through the minister of justice and the police inspector general, had placed a call to the St. Moses funeral parlor to refuse the remains of her daughter.

“Relying on this instrument, the family, having had some family meetings, sent a delegation to the funeral home (St. Moses) on Saturday evening, March 4, 2023, to inquire on the requirements for the embalming and other funeral services.

To our utmost surprise, Moses Ahoussouhe, owner of the St. Moses Funeral Parlors, who was not around, spoke with Justice Scott on the phone and said that he (Moses) had received strict mandates and instructions from the Minister of Justice and the Police Inspector General that he should not allow us access to the body or have any further discussion about the body with the family.”

She continued by providing that the Musu family take note of statements by some top government officials and other state actors, as well as investigators including Col. Prince Mulbah, Deputy Inspector General for Investigation, and others, conveying that the investigation has been concluded.

“We are alarmed that these statements are amplified by officials of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), which shows the trend of a conspiracy theory intended to make the victims perpetrators of the crime.”

“The family is very concerned that these public statements and actions of some top government officials and state actors, which are preemptive and conclusive, have the propensity to undermine and alter the actual result of the investigation. 

These clearly give the Musu Family the impression that this investigation will have a desired and already crafted political outcome.”

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