Lawrence K. Williams : Disregard for Legal Procedures: Inspector General Expresses Disappointment in Police Deputy’s Actions

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : MONROVIA – The Inspector General of Police, Col. Patrick Sudue, has expressed his disappointment in the manner in which deputy police chief for Crime Services, Prince B. Mulbah, allegedly disregarded established legal procedures and failed to consult with him on the Unity Party headquarters accident case before pressing criminal charges on the suspect. In a scathing letter to Minister Cllr. Frank Musah Dean Jr., Inspector General Sudue criticized the unilateral decision of Deputy Inspector General Mulbah to press murder charges without a thorough investigation and consultation.

The incident in question occurred on November 20 when a driver ran into jubilant supporters of the Unity Party who were celebrating their victory in the November 14 run-off election. The tragic accident resulted in three deaths and 25 people sustaining severe injuries. The Liberia National Police’s Public Safety Division initiated an immediate investigation into the accident, with the Crime Services Department (CSD) joining later to determine if criminal intent was involved.

However, Inspector General Sudue alleged that Deputy Inspector General Mulbah did not follow proper procedures and claimed to have received approval from the Minister of Justice without proper verification. The lack of communication and transparency in the process frustrated the Inspector General, leading him to express his concerns in the letter.

Upon reviewing the case file, Inspector General Sudue highlighted several irregularities, including the alleged linking of the suspect to a political party without proper verification and the issuance of a writ of arrest before presenting the case file to the court. He also questioned how the investigation concluded that gear failure was the cause of the accident when the vehicle was completely burnt. Additionally, he raised concerns about the assumption of a motive of monetary benefit without proper evidence.

In light of these concerns, Inspector General Sudue urged the Minister of Justice to intervene and initiate an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the forwarding of the murder case to court without his knowledge. He also requested that evidence supporting the murder charge be made available.

The letter from Inspector General Sudue highlights the importance of proper procedures and communication in the criminal justice system. It raises questions about the handling of the Unity Party headquarters accident case and calls for a thorough investigation to ensure fairness and transparency. The Minister of Justice now has the responsibility to address these concerns and take appropriate action to uphold the principles of justice and the rule of law.

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